Hinchingbrooke Hospital is a 304-bed general hospital located in Huntingdon. The Huntingdon Treatment Centre, built in 2005, is a state-of-the-art building attached to the main hospital, supporting over 150,000 patients a year.
During its conception, the Treatment Centre was awarded the NHS Innovation Award in the Design and Build category. In order to maintain these high standards, and ensure the best possible patient care, the lighting system was upgraded, using Tamlite Lighting luminaires.
The Hospital is managed by Kier Group, who recognised that a high-quality lighting system would deliver significant benefits in terms of energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and an improved environment for both patients and staff.
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The treatment rooms in hospital, such as the X-Ray rooms, dental rooms and plastic surgery room, were fitted with low glare panels, ensuring that patients are not dazzled as they look up at the ceiling while receiving treatment.
The corridors and wards were also fitted with panels, replacing the previous fluorescent tube fittings. Michael Dean, Contract and Technical Services Manager at Kier Group, said, “It was key that recessed panels were installed, as these could be easily wiped down to prevent the spread of infection.”
The quality of illumination has also been significantly enhanced throughout the building. The previous fittings gave a low colour temperature and poor light distribution. The shadowing and dull level of illumination created an unpleasant environment for patients.
The upgrade led to a brighter, more comfortable patient experience, with a higher light output and colour temperature in the reception areas and entrance.Read more.
The number of fittings was cut down in the open reception areas, while still achieving the same light output. This lowered energy consumption throughout the site, and as a result will reduce ongoing energy costs.
In the corridors, the new luminaires are on for 24 hours a day, as the area is in constant use. Individual treatment rooms, however, were fitted with PIR control sensors, ensuring that the lighting is only used when required, to deliver further energy efficiency.
Maintenance costs throughout the hospital will also be minimised following the installation of high-quality luminaires. The previous traditional fittings required regular maintenance to deal with flickering or broken lamps.
Michael Dean commented, “One of the main factors that made us choose Tamlite was the quality drivers for each fitting. This gave us the confidence that the luminaires would work as expected, and for the required duration.”
Enhanced emergency lighting was installed throughout the hospital. In corridors, every other module was supplied as an emergency variant, in order to sufficiently illuminate escape routes and ensure that people could evacuate the building quickly and safely in the event of an emergency.
Treatment rooms had an emergency luminaire by the door, to help occupants find their way to the exit quickly. High output emergency lighting was installed in the open areas, such as waiting rooms and the building entrance, ensuring that the ground is illuminated to 0.5 lux, which is a legislative requirement to ensure occupants can exit the building.