Bender UK equip new Grange University Hospital with critical care infrastructure

Electrical safety and clinical care equipment specialist Bender UK has delivered the critical power infrastructure and equipped operating theatres and patient care bays at the new £350 million Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran.

Electrical safety and clinical care equipment specialist Bender UK has delivered the critical power infrastructure and equipped operating theatres and patient care bays at the new £350 million Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran.

The hospital is due for full handover in November 2020, but 350 beds were made available for patient care in April as part of the Covid-19 response by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, almost a year ahead of schedule.

Bender UK has supplied, installed and commissioned ultra-safe and resilient medical IT/IPS (Isolated Power Supply) and UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) systems serving critical Group 2 areas including operating theatres and intensive and critical care units. 

The contract worth more than £2 million was awarded by Crown House Technologies. It is the biggest single healthcare order undertaken by Bender UK and includes equipping 11 operating theatres and two maternity delivery theatres with hygienic surgeons’ touch screen control panels and Merivaara Q-Flow LED surgical lights incorporating HD cameras.  Bender-manufactured touch screen panels enable staff to exercise safe control of the theatre environment through an ergonomic single point of reference, even when wearing surgical gloves. 

Bender UK has also supplied, installed and commissioned 115 clinical pendants delivering medical gases, resilient electrical supplies and data connections, and almost 200 LED minor examination lamps.

The Grange University Hospital critical power installation includes Bender’s unique ATICS™ auto-changeover device technology within each of 65 medical IT electrical supply panels.  Operating in conjunction with the UPS fail-safe battery back-up system ATICS™ technology provides cost-effective and future-proof resilience for critical power supplies.

ATICS™ is the only fully certified Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 rapid changeover solution for medical applications with patient safety at the very core of its conception and development. Central to its design is the incorporation of permanent self-testing across all critical components which is a key differentiator over other systems on the market that are susceptible to failure without prior warning. 

Electrical Engineer Lee Williams project managed the Grange University Hospital contract for Bender UK and takes particular pride in the new facility because his family home is less than 2 miles away.  Lee has overseen delivery, installation and commissioning of the equipment and was part of the team that helped to deliver early access to 350 beds at the hospital in April 2020, to provide extra regional healthcare capacity for Covid-19 patients.   

The project team led by main contractor Laing O’Rourke, architect BDP, and project and cost manager Gleeds worked around the clock to deliver the facilities in just 4 weeks.  On April 27th the health board took possession of 50% of the space within the hospital, providing the 350 extra beds ready for use in case of a big spike in Covid-19 cases.  

Bender UK Managing Director Gareth Brunton explains: “We worked hard to win the contract award from Crown House Technologies, part of Laing O’Rourke, and have worked closely with the delivery team to ensure smooth delivery and commissioning of the equipment.  We were particularly proud to be part of the response to deliver 350 beds early at the request of the health board.

“We currently support over 400 hospitals in the UK and Ireland and offer the benefit of our wealth of experience and expertise in providing safe and resilient critical power solutions alongside advanced clinical equipment for operating theatres and high dependency units.”

The Grange University Hospital is Wales’ biggest ever health infrastructure project and will provide complex specialist and critical care treatment for over 600,000 people in South-East Wales. The 55,000m² 470-bed super hospital is on the site of the former Llanfrechfa Grange Hospital and includes a 24-hour acute assessment unit and emergency department.  It will be home to more than 40 specialist services from Newport's Royal Gwent and Abergavenny's Nevill Hall hospitals that will centralise there.




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