Gradus Provides Protection for Top Neurology Hospital

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04 June 2009

Contract interiors specialist Gradus has supplied and fitted a stainless steel wall protection system at the newly refurbished Lysholm Department of Neuroradiology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), helping to create a safe and hygienic environment for patients and staff.

One of six hospitals, which make up University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), the NHNN is a leading centre for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological conditions. Treating more than 54,000 outpatients each year, the NHNN’s Chandler Wing, which houses the Lysholm Department of Neuroradiology, has recently undergone some refurbishment.

Gradus installed a comprehensive wall protection system throughout the department’s corridors to protect the attractive new décor from impact and abrasion caused by wheeled traffic and prevent the build-up of germs and bacteria in damaged surfaces. The system, which included wall guards, corner guards, kickplates and bollards from the stainless steel range, plus handrails from the 450 timber range, will also help to reduce ongoing repair and maintenance costs as well as improve the long-term appearance of the interior environment.

Gradus fitted stainless steel wall guards and corner guards in the corridor areas to protect the surfaces from heavy to severe impact and abrasion caused by beds, trolleys and medical equipment. The stainless steel finish provides the hospital with a clean and modern look, in keeping with the overall interior design.

For increased door protection, kickplates were installed on doors exposed to frequent severe damage from heavy trolleys and other medical equipment. Produced using 1.5mm stainless steel, the kickplates can be cut to size with a maximum measurement of 1250mm x 2500mm.

Gradus stainless steel bollards were also used throughout the department to provide indirect protection, ideal for protecting surfaces that are not suitable for wall fixings. The bollards keep traffic away from vulnerable areas and will withstand impact from wheeled traffic.

Finally, 450 timber handrails were installed in the hospital’s corridors offering guidance and support for patients. The oak handrails, produced from verified, legal and sustainable sources provide a comfortable grip that is not cold to the touch, in line with Approved Document M, BS8300:2009 and HBN00-04 guidelines, helping the NHNN to meet its duties under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Lynette Bowden, Group Marketing Manager for Gradus, comments: “We were really pleased to be involved with such a well respected and pioneering hospital. Our extensive knowledge and experience within the healthcare sector meant we were able to supply and fit the entire wall protection system, on schedule with minimal disruption to patients and staff.”

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