Leominster Community Hospital provides medical care to those in the local community, as well as ongoing treatment and rehabilitation of patients discharged from the County Hospital in Hereford who are not yet able to return home.
As part of a continuing update of NHS hospitals in the Wye Valley area, the lighting system for the hospital needed to be improved, due to the previous light fittings being in place for 20 years.
Tamlite Lighting was the lighting manufacturer of choice to provide an LED lighting solution to replace the existing fluorescent fittings from kitchens and corridors to wards and the car park.
The previous fixtures had several problems, which led to the hospital seeking more modern energy saving lighting solutions. Martin Jones Estates and Engineering Manager and Paul Stephens, Community Estates Manager, carried out a site inspection and felt that the previous lighting system was inadequate. Paul commented “The whole site is undergoing refurbishment, for example we are making several aesthetic changes to the building, and in particular the previous lighting system did not suit the needs of the hospital.”
There were three primary requirements of the new Tamlite luminaires - Reduced maintenance, energy efficiency, and infection control.
On the wards, physiotherapy and clinic rooms, MODLED LG panels were installed. The design of these luminaires prevents ingress of dust and moisture. Sealed to reduce dust collection, they are easy to maintain and clean, minimising the risk of contamination.
The low glare I-Tech optic prevents intrusive light and creates a positive environment, which is particularly important on the wards. Patients need to feel comfortable in their beds to aid recovery, and hospital staff need to be able to see and concentrate when attending a patient.
The corridors and reception areas were also supplied with MODLED LG fittings, to give a comfortable feel to patients and staff as they move between rooms. Patients being transported on a hospital bed are not dazzled due to the low glare optics. This is also important for patients with dementia in order for them to make sense of their surroundings.
The emergency lighting at the hospital was also upgraded, provided sufficient illumination for staff, patients and visitors to vacate the premises quickly and safely in the event of a loss of mains power. EUROLUX emergency fixtures were also supplied throughout the site. The EUROLUX has an IP65 rating, so is resistant to water and dust ingress making it easy to clean.
The TBX Tri-colour batten with easy switch technology; from cool white (5000K), neutral white (4000K) or warm white (3000K) was installed in the minor injuries rooms. These high output fittings allow staff to examine patients in a well lit environment. ASTRO recessed downlights were supplied in the assisted shower rooms, providing a bright yet comfortable room for staff to assist patients.
The car park benefited from EXPLORER RL providing high output illumination that doesn’t dazzle drivers, providing sufficient light to ensure patients and visitors feel safe as they enter and exit the premises.
Paul Stephens commented “We are very happy with the lighting, in fact it is better than we initially expected”. Paul is looking to specify Tamlite Lighting on future lighting projects at a number of different hospitals in the Wye Valley Trust.
Lee Stockton, Environment and Information Manager at the Wye Valley Trust, commented, “This project is part of a wider effort to significantly reduce energy consumption; positive figures from this project will support our efforts to obtain funding for future work.” - The switch to LED luminaires can lead to energy savings of 62% over fluorescent fittings.
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