New Legionella Control system receives Innovation Award

Facilities Innovation Award for NHS Lothian and Laing O'Rourke

It may not even be open but already the new Royal Victoria Building at the Western General Hospital is winning plaudits for innovation.

NHS Lothian and construction company Laing O'Rourke have picked up the Innovation Award from Health Facilities Scotland for their pioneering approach to tackling Legionella.

A 'first of its kind in Scotland' auto cold water system flushing system is to be installed throughout the new facility, which is due for completion in April 2012. Dave King, Project Director, NHS Lothian explained:

 "This is the first system of its kind to be installed in an NHS hospital in Scotland.
"Before deciding to go ahead with it we visited a hospital in Manchester where the system is already in place. They gave us very positive feedback and the receipt of this award is a further indication that we have taken the right decision at this early stage in the design of the building services."

The 156-bed Royal Victoria Building will have over 400 cold water withdrawal points, with the German built Kemper system, avoiding the need to manually perform regular flushing to combat the build up of Legionella.

"From an efficiency perspective the projected saving in man hours is excellent," he continued. "This auto flushing system will activate at specified times or if the temperature rises above a specific level.
"It removes the need for staff to have to remember to run the water in areas of low use combating the potentially lethal Legionella disease."

Laing O'Rourke, who are constructing the new building, will install the Kemper system. Alistair Johnston, Project Leader, Laing O'Rourke said:

"This is an extremely innovative piece of engineering which will manage the cold water supply system throughout the building.
"The auto flush system combats static water and the increased risk of disease.
"It will provide huge benefits to patients and staff in the new Royal Victoria Building and we are delighted to be able to incorporate it within the design of the new building and its installation."