Conquest Hospital

Conquest Hospital’s new Orthopaedic and Fracture clinic benefits from the modern functionality and energy-efficiency of Dextra Lighting’s MODLED and Impervia luminaire ranges.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest healthcare organisations in the county, serving 525,000 people and employing over 6000 dedicated staff. The Trust operates from two main district hospitals, which provide 24 hour care in an extensive range of surgical, medical and maternity services supported by diagnostic and therapy services.

To better serve the community, the Trust has invested £500,000 in a new Orthopaedic outpatients and fracture clinic at Conquest Hospital in Hastings. Matron Trudi Thomson describes the clinic as “far more spacious than our previous area offering patients a better experience. With our 10 new individual consulting rooms we are able to offer patients greater privacy and dignity.”

In reference to the upgrade and other ongoing refurbishments, NHS Trust’s mission says: “We will use our resources efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our patients and their care to ensure our services are clinically, operationally, and financially sustainable.”

Following a history of successful projects with the Trust, Dextra Lighting were approached once again by John Harratt on behalf of East Sussex’s Estates and Facilities Department, to upgrade the lighting in the entire clinic.

Over the years, Dextra Group plc has remained the Trust’s manufacturer of choice
due to its unrivalled delivery times in the UK and wide range of high-quality, energy-efficient luminaires designed specifically for the health sector. The Trust expressed that as a leading UK manufacturer, Dextra Group showed a greater understanding of what their organisation required in terms of design, project time-frames, pricing, compliance issues and regulations.

With many years of experience of working with the NHS, Dextra Lighting is equipped to understand the sector’s core needs and standards, and during this time has been able to build good relationships with term contractors. In the case of Conquest Hospital, it was Booker & Best of Hastings, who worked closely with Dextra’s designers and specification team to deliver the project to the Trust’s exact requirements, on time and within budget.

THE BRIEF

A new sustainable lighting solution was required to replace the old, underperforming fluorescent lighting in the department’s ten consulting rooms, large plaster and examination rooms and two waiting areas.

The luminaires selected would provide appropriate lighting in each area to aid medical tasks or simply put patients at ease whilst waiting to be visited.

All health and safety regulations specific to NHS buildings were to be observed as well as guidelines regarding lighting design for clinical areas. The upgrade aimed to provide the hospital with the opportunity to balance quality with cost-effectiveness, by abiding to the PEAT (Patient Environment Action Team) and CQC’s (Care Quality Commission) stringent assessment criteria for quality, comfort and safety.

With budgets constraints, rising energy prices and stringent eco-legislation affecting the public sector, all improvements at the hospital would need to establish and maintain economic and environmental sustainability. Handpicked energy-efficient luminaries would save the Trust money in the form of significantly lower electricity bills, and the reduced emissions would allow the hospital to perform better in the Carbon Reduction Commitment league table for further financial benefits.

Dextra Lighting’s LED and latest T5 fluorescent luminaires are listed in the government’s Energy Technology List, which provides procurers with full eligibility to the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme for 100% tax exemption for the first year of purchase. This opportunity makes it easier for the public sector to invest in more sustainable and effective technology that will help secure better services to the communities they serve.

In addition to energy savings, maintenance and installation costs would also need to be kept to a minimum to allow the Trust to free up capital for frontline services in need of improvement.

Aesthetic appeal was also an important aspect of the design, as the Trust were looking for a lighting solution that was not only efficient but also attractive and different from the usual hospital lighting.