Flinders Medical Centre Ward 6B
Voted Master Electricians Commercial Project of the year SA 2017
Total Project Value: $346k
Our Contract Value: $346k
Electric Results was invited to tender on the Ward 6B refurbishment project. We were awarded this project on the 8th of May to commence on the 10 of May 2017. The completion date was the 31st of July and was firm with no room for negotiation as the ward was required for patient care on the 1st of August.
For this project, we were engaged as the head contractor and therefore had the responsibility of managing all trades on site including in-house electricians, building works, nurse call, structured cabling medical gasses, biomedical engineers and hospital staff.
Weekly meetings, total site safety and management of variations were all included in our list of responsibilities.
Through the use of a special contractor management tool made available by Master Electricians in beta format, we managed contractor inductions, documentation and licencing. We used the ME Safety platform extensively throughout this project and received a high-performance rating by the client’s safety auditor for safety management on this project.
The scope of work performed:
- Demolition of existing communications, electrical and medical gas services.
- Construction of bed head walls to house the new services
- Installation of cardiac protected electrical services compliant with AS/NZS3000 and AS/NZS3003 including sub-mains and essential distribution board
- Installation of the nurse call system
- Installation of the structured cabling system
- Installation of the medical gasses system
- Installation of new sub-mains and essential distribution board
- Commissioning of the ward in accordance with client/consultant specifications and biomedical engineering standards for all services including the engagement of biomedical engineering expertise for the commissioning of the cardiac protection compliant power systems
- Provision of a complete asset list for all regularly maintained assets
- Provision of preventative maintenance for the defect liability period
Details of the technical elements of the project:
This project was to be delivered under the cardiac protection clauses as set out in AS/NZS3003:2011. This is an especially rigid standard that requires a high level of understanding of not only AS/NZS3003:2011 but also AS/NZS3000. Some of the requirements of AS/NZS3003 preclude some of the generally often used protection methods of AS/NZS3000. The standard also calls for the certification of the installation by a competent person or biomedical engineer. The general feedback from consultants and biomedical engineers is AS/NZS3003 is a standard that is not generally understood by industry. We received a commendation from both the Biomedical Engineer and the Consulting Engineer on this project.
Details of any new technologies or techniques utilised:
The lighting in each of the patient rooms was replaced with High efficiency LED panels that have the ability to change colour from a warm white through to a daylight colour. Further to this, the panelling of the patient bed heads was required to be removable in the event that additional services were required. To facilitate this, we employed new technology in the way of button fix by Laminex Industries. This provided with a very secure and locked fixing of the panels to the wall frames while still allowing for the no destructive removal and re-installation of the panels should this be required. A state of the art nurse call system was installed along with Cat 6A Structured cabling and a cardiac monitoring system. In the nurses’ station, the old out-dated fluorescent desk lighting was removed and this was replaced with LED strip lighting which not only reduced energy consumption but also provided a much better working environment for night shifts.
The HSEQ management of this project was required to be second to none. On the back of two tragic fatal accidents on government projects, the SA government had enforced strict safety management practices on all sites.
During this process, we were subjected to rigorous project commencement requirements, ad hoc site safety inspections and strict auditing processes to ensure that no harm occurred throughout the project.
The process of commencement included the implementation of ME Safety on the site and a beta version of the ME Safety Contractor management portal. This included a process to induct all sub-contractors employees in the safety requirements of Electric Results, management of licences and insurance and ensuring all were up to date, facilitating of receiving and vetting of SWMS’s and construction management plans.
Weekly site meetings were managed and documented by the use of the ME Safety platform in conjunction with the document management system within SimPRO which we use for job management. Through this process, we were able to provide the client access to all documents related to this project via a secure login to our cloud-based interface.
The project was contained within Ward 6B which was located between two other wards. One ward was responsible for the care of cardiac patients, the other for respiratory patients. This meant that the environmental management of this project was crucial to the prevention of infection to the patients in the adjacent wards. Our experience extends to working within healthcare facilities not only to AS/NZS3003:2011 but also the Australasian health facility guidelines and the South Australian government’s health toolkit for infection prevention and control during construction and renovation. This meant seamless engagement with the hospitals infection control staff within the hospital to ensure that baseline data was collected prior to commencement, for both air and water quality, and the successful during and post-construction monitoring required to ensure that the construction process cause zero negative impact to patients in the surrounding environment and that the ward was successfully passed for the implementation of patient care.
The extensive use of and engagement with our quality, safety and environmental management systems by our management and field staff and the effective management of the way the HSEQ was implemented and maintained by our sub-contractors throughout the project contributed to Electric Results receiving a Gold rating of 97 out of a possible 100 points in the safety audit conducted by Spotless.