150 maintenance-free integral units fitted at Glan Clwyd Hospital
A total of 150 BetweenGlassBlinds magnetic tilt-and-lift units, complete with magnetic operation on both sides, have been supplied as part of a remodelling project at one of North Wales’s biggest health facilities, Glan Clwyd Hospital, in Bodelwyddan.
The refurbishment project was given the go-ahead by Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, in 2011 and involved the careful removal of dangerous asbestos from the shell of the building.
The decision to tackle the asbestos problem signalled the green light to carry out a wider-scale refurbishment of the hospital, which was originally built in 1979 at a cost of £12m.
The project’s focus was to strip out the asbestos – which was commonly used as a fire retardant 40 years ago – and, at the same time, give areas within the hospital a much-needed revamp.
As part of the work, plans were agreed to develop a new emergency quarter at the hospital, with the creation of six new patient wards, a mortuary, and pathology unit, and an extension to the current accident and emergency department.
Eleven new theatres, two theatre-recovery areas, a state-of-the-art critical care unit, and a new day-of-surgery arrivals area have also been installed.
And renal patients also benefitted during the final phase of the Glan Clwyd Hospital’s redevelopment thanks to three newly-refurbished wards, which now feature on-site dialysis facilities.
As part of the project, Pen-Y-Bryn Joinery specified the BetweenGlassBlinds units, which are operated via a neat and unobtrusive sliding magnetic block around the perimeter.
This completely-cordless system is ideal in hospital environments as it reduces ligature risk and enhances infection control.
The integrated blinds are also maintenance-free and they allow the user full control of privacy.
Aron Juckes-Hughes, contracts manager at Pen-Y-Bryn Joinery, said: “We have been heavily involved in the hospital refurbishment and I’ve spent an incredible amount of time there.
“When we became involved with the project, it was specified that BetweenGlassBlinds would supply the units to the Glan Clwyd Hospital, which is North Wales’ biggest hospital.
“As part of the massive refurbishment, several new wards were created at the hospital and a huge number of BGB blinds were fitted throughout.
“The project is almost complete, and I can say that the hospital looks really impressive.”