Kimptons have a long experience of HVAC service and maintenance within the healthcare sector. The healthcare sector is different from many others we work in as there are rarely ANY times where the buildings are not in full use. Downtime is rare, so opportunities for upgrade and maintenance need to be carefully planned and delivered to very strict timetables.
With this in mind, we have three key service offerings within healthcare.
The range of work varies from the design and build of teaching and research laboratories to the full fit-out of ward spaces. Our team are used to this type of work and often work through the night to deliver the fastest possible solution that is to the required standard with the absolute minimum disruption to the healthcare team.
Our work within healthcare also covers regular boiler servicing through to a full system upgrade that’s programmed for specific times to ensure zero risk of downtime.
The critical element is consistency. There is no room for disruption in service and a cold ward would put patients at an unacceptable risk.
This for us is one of the most important services we offer. A well-maintained system can operate more efficiently, for more years, more safely. Commercial boilers and heating systems have a habit of breaking when they are under the greatest strain – when it’s too cold or too hot outside – and this is exactly when they are needed most.
Losing wards, treatment or operating areas through broken heating systems is almost always preventable through well planned preventative maintenance.
But, even the potential for discomfort with a cold ward space, the bigger risk is in the potential for the loss of life. Many of the people being treated are vulnerable and need to be protected.
Any system that is not properly maintained can become dangerous and be a genuine risk to life. Luckily, in the UK this is rare, but not unknown and the escape of carbon monoxide and other noxious gases into the teaching and public spaces.
Within the healthcare sector, when a system fails there’s a risk that you may need to close. Good preventative maintenance should prevent the vast majority of breakdowns, but some still do occur – particularly with older systems that may not have been well maintained throughout their life.
When problems happen, the Kimpton team react fast. On-call 24/7 365 days a year, we will have you back up and running as soon as humanly possible.
Many of the services we offer within the healthcare sector are common to other industries we work in. They include:
The Kimpton Maintenance team have been working alongside a major roofing contractor to remove the air conditioning plant, to allow them to complete the replacement of the ageing roof.
One challenge on the project, which is absolutely specific to the healthcare sector, is that some of the units could only be offline for a very short period of time as they serve the operating and critical care areas of the hospital. In these instances, we work very closely with our roofing partners, to remove, replace the roof and refit the units in under 24 hours. Read More.
A total of 27 systems were replaced at the Ormskirk site with 42 systems being replaced at the Southport site. There were also a number of Fridge/Freezer systems that were replaced on both sites, including all associated pipework and controls.On both sites there are air handling units which had DX cooling coils and associated condensing units that were also replaced with modifications carried out to the existing BMS system to ensure its compatibility to the newly installed equipment. Read More.
With extension and refurbishment works all running concurrently, all of the works progressed whilst the client’s activities in surrounding areas carried on as normal.
The construction of the lab rooms suitable for microbiology, microscope and media preparation requirements included the provision and installation of modular lab benching/integrated sinks and fume cupboards, whilst the finishing incorporated hygienic flooring/ceilings and vision panels. Read More.
The project was for the design, manufacture, supply and installation of a new solvent extract bench and a fume cupboard, within the Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD) and Robotics Laboratory. As part of the installation, our work also included the modification and build of ductwork systems, controls, and fans for air movement. Read More.