In 2006, a £12m, five-floor Burns and Education Centre extension was built and SPM, Gerflors wall protection and handrail brand, was selected as a key supplier through a ProCure21 Framework agreement, a procurement method put into place for publicly funded NHS Capital Schemes.
Gerflor has extensive experience of working in the healthcare sector and the ongoing relationship with Birmingham Childrens Hospital has seen SPM products used in all its refurbishment and maintenance project work.
Most recently, SPM protection systems have been employed in the new state-of-the-art £2.7 million renal unit, the most advanced of its kind for children in Britain. Housed within the Burns and Education Centre extension, it will benefit over 1,500 children a year from all over the region.
The renal unit includes a 12-bed ward, haemodialysis and a day-care area. The huge amount of time, often over years, that children spend on dialysis means that their hospital environment is particularly important. The SPM products are ideal as they not only provide protection to the buildings fabric but also add colour and life to the interior spaces.
Derick Harrison, capital projects manager at Birmingham Childrens Hospital, emphasises the importance of this dual role. The degree of protection offered by the SPM products is excellent and, with the decorative patterns and colours that can be achieved, they are much more attractive than a conventional trolley rail.
Theyre very robust and still look as good as they did when first installed in the hospital three or four years ago, with no evident marks or scuffs.
An extensive range of SPM products have been installed at Birmingham Childrens Hospital including: 600m² of decorative Decosheet wall protection; 36 Cornea corner protectors for vulnerable areas; 20 bed kits to protect walls from bed-heads; and door protection for 86 door leaves in standard Wave and Iron onec olour designs and the Stratum two-colour design. The key colours for all applications were melon and apricot.