Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has re-awarded a contract for the provision of water hygiene services to Airmec Essential Services.
Airmec works with healthcare companies to manage the risks of Legionella and Pseudomonas through regular water safety testing, and worked with the trust to manage and audit water compliance processes (including water safety risk assessments and water sampling) across multiple sites for four years.
“We are delighted to be working with the Trust for another four years,” comments Andrew Steel, Airmec’s managing director. “It is always a pleasure to be working with Trust managers who recognise that compliance is never just about ticking boxes – it’s a continuous process that is about pre-empting problems.
“Establishing and continuously reviewing risk assessments, then managing compliance processes, is the lifeblood of successful water safety management. As with many healthcare estates, the plumbing infrastructure within some of their buildings has inevitably seen countless changes and fixes over the years, each one potentially adding to the list of contamination risks.”
Under the renewed contract, Airmec water engineers will continue to sample water at 64 of the Southern Health NHS Trust’s 300+ sites which provide a range of inpatient and outpatient services. The trust operates the War Memorial Hospital in Gosport, Southampton’s Moorgreen Hospital, and hospitals at Romsey and Petersfield – in addition to dozens of smaller locations that offer specialist outpatient and residential rehabilitation services.
Southern Health NHS Trust contract manager, Tracy England, says:: “We’ve found working with the team at Airmec Essential Services to be effective and efficient. They know our buildings inside out, the engineers are always on time and courteous, and they carry out the water sampling with minimum disruption on site when they visit.”