JAC LTD - Building Surveyors
Healthcare
 
JAC LTD have a wealth of skills relating to the healthcare industry and are fully conversant with NHS healthcare trusts, where a typical day can include:
 
  • 820,000 consultations
  • 192,000 outpatient appointments
  • 60,000 people visiting accident and emergency departments
  • 14,000 emergency admissions
  • 21,000 elective admissions
  • 108,500 patients receiving dental treatment
 
 
All the team at JAC LTD are Enhanced (DBS) checked (formerly CRB) and in addition have `unblemished` Criminal Record Certificates both in accordance with sections 113A and 114 of the Police Act 1997.
 
 
Anti Ligature
Working on a daily basis with NHS healthcare trusts JAC LTD have the specialist knowledge to safely work within all aspects of the healthcare environment and have extensive experience of working in anti ligature environments, such as;
 
 
  • Complex cases
  • Mental health
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric
  • Social care
 
 
 
These areas have been identified as environments where persons are at greatest risk of self harm. In these areas the incidence of self harm by ligature has been a serious cause for concern and JAC LTD is also fully conversant with specifying the latest anti ligature products.
 
 
Calming Rooms, Seclusion Suites & Low Stimulus Areas 
With extensive knowledge in this field JAC LTD are able to take NHS healthcare trusts instructions "from inception through to completion" with minimal disruption.
We have just recently commissioned an acute Childrens Unit for an NHS trust, which is 1 of only 3 such identical use facilities in the entire United Kingdom.
 
  • Anti Ligature Compliance
  • Bespoke Carpentry
  • Critical 2m 'Fall at Height' Safety Criteria
  • Full In house Design
  • Full disassembly Instructions
  • Infection Control Compliance
  • Project Management
  • Planned Maintenance Programmes (PPM)
  • Shatterproof Viewing Screen
 
 
Infection Prevention and Control
 
 
JAC LTD can offer advice about building and refurbishment projects within the NHS healthcare trusts and how to minimise infection prevention and control by correctly specifying NHS approved products.  
 
 
 
 
Legionella and Legionnaires Disease
The two most important factors for preventing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease are:
 
  • Temperature - any water in the system should either be cooled to below 20ºC (68ºF) or heated to above 60ºC (140ºF)
  • Hygiene - the water should be kept free of any impurities and never allowed to stagnate (lose its freshness from not moving)courses
 
All the team at JAC LTD have annual comprehensive Legionella Awareness Training in accordance with our company CPD programme.
 
 
Using temperature control
You must identify ‘sentinel’ outlets (furthest and closest to each tank or cylinder) for monthly checking of the distribution temperatures. You should also check the hot water storage cylinder temperatures every month and cold water tank temperatures at least every six months.
 
 
Stagnant water favours Legionella growth
To reduce the risk you should remove dead legs/dead ends in pipe-work, flush out infrequently used outlets (including shower heads and taps) at least weekly and clean and de-scale shower heads and hoses at least quarterly. Cold-water storage tanks should be cleaned periodically and water should be drained from hot water cylinders to check for debris or signs of corrosion.
 
Design systems to minimise Legionella growth, by:
 
 
  • Keeping pipe work as short and direct as possible
  • Adequately insulating pipes and tanks
  • Using materials that do not encourage the growth of Legionella
  • Preventing contamination, eg by fitting tanks with lids and insect screens
 
 
 
Additional controls
Water samples should be analysed for Legionella periodically to demonstrate that bacteria counts are acceptable. The frequency should be determined by level of risk, in accordance with the risk assessment.
 
 
Other control methods
Other methods to control Legionella include copper and silver ionisation and biocide treatments (eg chlorine dioxide). To ensure that they remain effective their application will need suitable assessment as part of the overall water treatment programme including proper installation, maintenance and monitoring.
 
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