Grange University Hospital, Llanfrechfa

In the 19th century, Llanfrechfa Grange was a minor stately home, deep in the Welsh countryside. Now, it lends its grounds to a new build specialist hospital – Grange University Hospital! With 470 beds, this impressive hospital caters to patients who need serious, complex, or critical care.

The health board wanted a range of hoists through 47 rooms, all of which were identified as having hoisting requirements following a full review of the hospital. Included in this were: 29 inpatient rooms, 10 anaesthetic rooms, and 8 other treatment rooms.

Working alongside BDP Architects and Laing O’Rourke, we then designed and installed a mix of monorail and H-frame hoist systems throughout the hospital. Now, they are all set to accommodate all kinds of patient handling requirements!

Client Comments

“Innova were an excellent supply chain partner on the Grange University Hospital. From early stage design, site installation and commissioning the process was seamless.

Innova used their expertise in the market to provide solutions for both standard and bariatric bed hoists with bespoke design solutions to support varying room layouts.

They were receptive and understood our challenges regarding structural interface and support from soffits and were on hand to provide effective design details at those awkward junctions on site.

Both curved and straight track hoists were utilised. All solutions were benchmarked, tested and signed off before proceeding with main installation.

Special mention must go to John McCann, an excellent site supervisor, nothing was a problem and he worked excellently with the various internal trades.

When challenged by our client to deliver 25,000m2 of hospital space a year ahead of programme in response to Covid 19, Innova joined Laing O’Rourke and made the handover a success. Commissioning, testing, and training operational staff over a 6 week finishes schedule.”

Project Engineer – Laing O’Rourke

Key objectives and project scope

  • All products had to meet their stringent infection control standards.
  • All hoisting track had to be inset into the ceiling. This fits under the infection control standards – inset tracking is much easier to clean. Plus, it is much more subtle and less clinical looking.
  • Hoist units with different weight limits were required (from 260kg – 500kg) – to ensure bariatric patients can be properly cared for.
  • The 500kg units had to be a single unit, not a double unit. This makes transfers safer and more comfortable for bariatric patients. Plus, it is far easier for hospital staff to operate.

Products and services provided

  • 47 overhead hoist systems, made up of:
    • Two different hoist units;
      • 26 AirRise500 hoist units
      • 23 AirRise260 hoist units
    • Two different track layouts;
      • 23 H-frame track layouts
      • 24 Monorail track layouts
  • Layout designs for each room
  • Installation of all hoist units and tracking

See inside the Grange University Hospital in Llanfrechfa