Chase Farm Hospital celebrated for “digitally advanced” equipment

We recently signed off and handed over on some hoist systems we installed at the newly re-developed Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, which has just celebrated being ranked one of the most “digitally advanced” hospitals in the UK!

The hospital opened in 2008 after around £200 million worth of new extensions were added on to the existing building. Chase Farm was assessed by HIMSS Analytics for the new technology it had included in the hospital and it was awarded stage 6 status – with stage 7 being the highest.

Chase Farm is one of only a few hospitals in the country with stage 6 accreditation; there are currently none at the stage 7 level. The hospital was previously rated at stage 2.

An Innova hoist unit on a track at Chase Farm Hospital.
Innova hoists use magnets and infrared sensors to make changing direction and moving between rooms as simple as possible.

As part of the Royal Free London Group, Chase Farm was chosen by NHS England in 2016 to benefit from its Global Digital Exemplar programme that saw hospitals all over the UK embrace and implement new technology to provide better quality healthcare.

This entailed investing in new equipment that could make life easier for both patients and healthcare professionals at the hospital. This was where we stepped in.

Our projects director, Bob Oliver, said:

“When we found out that Chase Farm was aiming to become a digitally advanced hospital, we knew our hoist systems would be perfect. We’ve developed our hoists to be as autonomous as possible so that healthcare professionals can focus solely on the patient and their needs whilst using the hoist.

“The end result at Chase Farm is really stunning. You barely notice the hoist in the room; the entire hospital just feels incredibly cutting-edge and we’re happy to have played a part in it.”

Chase Farm needed overhead hoist systems that could lift bariatric patients up to 55 stone in weight, which meant that our Airglide system complete with an AirRise350 hoist unit was perfect. We kitted out a handful of bariatric patients’ bedrooms with X-Y systems that connected through to the ensuite bathroom complete with a transit coupling and turntable.

We also fitted a X-Y hoist system in the Changing Places facility by the reception of the hospital, along with one other system in a multibed bay on one of the wards.

A Changing Places toilet at the new Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.
The new Changing Place toilet in the reception area of Chase Farm Hospital.

The easiness of the Airglide overhead hoist system is ideal for Chase Farm because it requires very little operation from the carer themselves.

With the use of magnets and infrared sensors, our hoist systems can move and change direction automatically. There are no extra levers or pulleys to use to change the track direction, which means that all focus is on the patient and their needs.