Innova Care Concepts
The Innova team installing the new hoists at Midland Metropolitan Hospital

Healthcare equipment supplier Innova Care Concepts has been invited by Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust to supply and install 353 ceiling track hoists in its new-build Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.

The deal will see Innova supply and install 353 ceiling track hoists for a combination of single rooms and 4/6 bed bays. This collaboration will ensure that every ward in the hospital is totally accessible and will deliver a suitable space for patients.

One of the key aims of the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital is to ensure their hoisting equipment allows their medical team to move patients more independently and safely, without putting additional pressure on any members of staff.

To cater for different health requirements, including bariatric care, Innova are installing a variety of hoist units, including the AirRise200, with a 200kg safe working load, and a number of dual hoists enabling patients of up to 500kgs.

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All of its hoists have an advanced battery protection system which prevents downtime due to insufficient charge.

Innova Care Concepts have also provided Midland Metropolitan University Hospital with a unique system that enables one hoist to be used in the multi-bed bays in combination with curtain tracks.

To provide the flexibility needed to allow the overhead hoist to have some way of ‘jumping over’ the individual privacy curtain tracks, Innova utilised its AirGlide360® Ceiling Track & AirRise® Ceiling Hoist in a H-frame configuration that covers the two bed bays, which are divided by the privacy hospital/cubicle curtain.

The hoist is operated in a manual traverse in the individual bed bay, giving the nursing staff greater ease and flexibility to move the hoist around the bay to suit patient needs.

The electric traverse trolley in the hoist unit is then controlled by a central switch in between the bays, enabling it to be powered over the curtain track as and when required by the nursing staff.

By using an H frame, it accommodates the need for individual privacy cubicle curtains in each ward whilst still offering quick and safe patient transfers.

Bob Oliver, Commercial Director, Innova Care Concepts, commented: “It has been our pleasure to be part of the very first hospital build of the HIP scheme, helping share our expertise to deliver the latest innovations in healthcare for Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.

“Having listened to the requirements and challenges put forward by Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust, we have been able to implement a range of innovative solutions.

“From providing different hoist units to creating a unique system to facilitate smoother patient transfers, our bespoke hoist system package will enhance the quality of care that the new hospital will be able to provide.”

Earlier this year, Innova Care Concepts partnered with Canadian manufacturer Rotec International to bring to the UK hospital and care sectors the only bariatric bed on the market with a load capacity of 500kg.

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