A&E stays warm and clean with Thermaskirt


Heating system provides ideal retrofit solution for busy environment

When the underfloor heating in the A&E department of North Tees Hospital failed, the hospital faced the critical challenge of providing a new heating system with the minimum of disruption.

ThermaSkirt from Discrete Heat provided the ideal solution.

Richard Speight, senior engineer at the hospital, discounted the replacement of the underfloor system as significant closure periods would have been necessary. Likewise, the potential installation of low surface temperature (LST) radiators required the remodelling of the department’s layout to accommodate the radiators, bulky casings, and associated pipe work.

In contrast, the slim and efficient ThermaSkirt provides heating through the skirting boards throughout the A&E ward, and is both unobtrusive and effective.

Introduced at North Tees by renewables experts Revolution Power, ThermaSkirt is an easily-controllable system which considerably reduces energy costs for the hospital. It also helps to prevent the spread of infection.

A high standard of cleanliness is of paramount concern at North Tees and the scrutiny of all sources of infection, combined with a rigorous cleaning regime, is the means by which this is achieved. The control and elimination of MRSA and C.difficile for the hospital is helped by the installation of the ThermaSkirt, which due to being free of grills and slots requires virtually no maintenance and is simple to clean. These are significant advantages over LST radiators, which are now recognised as potentially dangerous to health, allowing bacteria and spores to collect and thrive.

ThermaSkirt is a radiant panel designed to replicate a skirting board trim, while providing a gentle, consistent and energy efficient heat throughout the room at low level. Its even distribution of heat makes the A&E department a more comfortable environment for patients and the discrete casing means that risk of injury is eliminated, there are no trip hazards, and its discrete form increases the navigability of the busy hospital environment.

Commenting on the project, Speight said “I was impressed with the concept of the ThermaSkirt system from the off, but a bit sceptical it could do the job. Reports from other hospitals gave me the confidence to give it a go, and I cannot tell you what a difference it’s made. The installation of the whole job was done in a few days, and we were back up and running. The staff are very happy with the new heating system”.

The bespoke solution provided by Discrete Heat extends throughout the department, where ThermaSkirt integrates easily with both the flooring as a typical skirting trim, and at higher levels. The result is a completely sealed heating system which can be cleaned in parallel with the floor, ensuring the highest quality in cleanliness and patient care while reducing maintenance and cleaning costs. It provides a cost-effective heating solution that gives North Tees greater flexibility of room layout.

With minimal disturbance to the fabric of the building, and the retention of much of the original pipework, the whole reinstallation has come in many thousands of pounds under the original budget.

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