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Newham Renal - Barts and The London NHS Foundation Trust

30 June 2009 00:00

Life has just become a little easier for patients living with kidney failure in and around North East London.

Instead of having to travel from the Newham area to Whitechapel for dialysis at The Royal London Hospital three times a week, a new satellite dialysis unit has been opened by Barts and The London NHS Trust right on the patients' doorsteps, at Newham University Hospital.

Airwave Europe are proud to have supplied the patient TV’s for the newly opened unit within the Gateway Surgical Centre at Newham Hospital.

Coax cable had been installed to each TV point and an aerial socket along with a power socket were fitted into the ceiling void close the proposed ceiling pole locations which were above the foot of each bed, within the curtained railed area.

The requirement was for individual LCD TV’s with integrated Freeview, for each patient to be able to enjoy their own choice of TV or radio channel from the comfort of their bed or chair.

Space around the bed head is always tight in renal units and with precedence quite rightly being given to the dialysis equipment and other medical devices the Trust decided that rather than have the TV’s mounted on an arm from behind the bed head, our ceiling mounted pendant bracket with 22” screen would be the ideal solution for Newham Renal. 

Because the majority of the beds and chairs are positioned in bays of 4 or 6 it was essential that the TV’s were programmed to ‘headphones only’ with an audio cable discreetly run through the suspended ceiling and down into the bedhead trunking to where a headphone socket was fitted. Extended cable length (1.8m) headphones were supplied which allow patients to comfortably stay ‘plugged in’ despite the fact that their chair, or bed in the seating position, may actually be some distance from the wall. As the dialysis patients are frequently on the ward they have been provided with their own head set to keep and re-use each visit however they could in fact use any of their own headphones from personal devices such as iPod, cd player etc.

Some patients prefer to use the subtitles available on many of the wide range of Freeview channels available, either way disturbance to fellow patients is avoided.

Another useful feature is the multi bedded area remote control. Each remote control is programmed to one of 10 variations in the multi bedded areas thus avoiding cross ‘zapping’ by patients, a unique benefit available on Airwave’s specialist healthcare TV range and so terribly annoying for patients (and staff) if a traditional TV is used and patients change every TV’s channel within their bay, and not always accidentally!

For this particular project a 22” black finish TV was selected however, a number of our healthcare range TV’s (19” and 22”) are available in optional white finish as are many of our arms and brackets.

Airwave offer a full range of off the shelf and bespoke TV and media solutions with an extensive range of Professional Healthcare TV’s, arms, ceiling mounts and brackets for in patient areas, public areas, waiting rooms and clinics. (Including digital signage).