Community healthcare trusts are benefitting from an approach to HTM-03 ventilation inspection and verification services tailored for smaller estates, often combining them with fire damper inspection and testing to reap further savings.
Many community hospitals and clinics contain critical ventilation systems for facilities such as endoscopy and radiology, as well as inpatients departments increasingly weighted towards elderly patients who may be more prone to airborne infections. The need for effective ventilation is imperative and, of course, there is a duty to comply with HTM-03, the Health Technical Memorandum defining design (Part A) and operational management and verification (Part B) of ventilation systems in healthcare premises.
As compliance procedures at acute and critical care facilities become well-established, managers of smaller community-based facilities are aware that the spotlight will be moving towards them. With the agility to deliver turnkey HTM-03 Part B services for smaller estates, safety and compliance specialist Airmec is winning contracts across the country. Recent NHS contracts won by Airmec include a Social Care Partnership and a Community & Health Partnership in the south and south east.
Airmec Essential Services managing director Andrew Steel said: “Our engineers can get straight to work with a survey, asset register and risk assessment, establishing a compliance base for an ongoing regime of annual inspection and verification. We will also help managers to develop pragmatic plans and budgets for remediation work.”