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No Accidents Waiting to Happen

A staff health and safety drive has kept Bristol Southmead Hospital accident free for 2016.

The health and safety initiative which has been jointly championed by North Bristol Trust’s (NBT) Health and Safety Services and by Carillion staff who maintain the modern Brunel building at Bristol Southmead Hospital, has helped to keep the new site accident free this year.

North Bristol NHS Trust opened the doors to the Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol in spring 2014. The 800-bed acute hospital has 75% single room accommodation with en-suite bathrooms facilities and 24 theatre suites and was built by Carillion which is also responsible for maintaining the hospital for the next 30 years.
The ‘Don’t Walk By’ accident prevention campaign that is based around keeping safe in the workplace, has a target to achieve zero accidents and is promoted to everyone who works for Carillion as well as to hospital teams at Bristol Southmead Hospital.

Across all hospitals that are serviced by Carillion, including Bristol Southmead, there were 37,000 such ‘Don’t Walk By’ reports raised in 2015 which means that 37,000 risks of an accident happening were removed and people and patients were safer.

Reporting of potential health and safety risks by staff has also been made easier by the development of an app which can be downloaded on to mobile phones and tablets by staff who work at the hospital.

“Moving into a new hospital has given Carillion and hospital teams the opportunity to look at sharing best practice in order to help create an environment that is safer for everyone that uses the Brunel building,” explained Bev Vaghela, General Manager, Carillion. “This proactive approach has helped Carillion remain accident free for four months and we are delighted to share positive initiatives with the Trust”.

Picture: From left to right: Patrick Cullen, Health & Safety Adviser, Southmead Hospital, with Bev Vaghela, Carillion General Manager and Lawrence Davis, Manual Handling Adviser, Southmead Hospital


Article written by Cathryn Ellis


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