Whitecroft supplies 7,500 lights to Nightingale hospitals

The barrel-vaulted exterior of Manchester Central Con
The NHS Nightingale North West is housed in the Manchester Central Convention Complex, a massive segmentally-vaulted shed of wrought iron and glass.

WHITECROFT Lighting has won the contract to supply bed-head luminaires for the NHS emergency field hospitals outside London.

The company is supplying 7,500 specially modified linear fittings to a total of 10 sites across the UK, including in temporary facilities in Cardiff, Glasgow and Harrogate.

It has already delivered to the NHS Nightingale North West in the Manchester Central Convention Complex, which was built in 14 days and features 750 beds for covid-19 patients. It opened earlier this week.

The bespoke bed lights are also being permanently installed at previously-mothballed wards at the Royal London in Whitechapel in east London and the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

Engineers at Whitecroft’s factory at Ashton-under-Lyne modified existing luminaires to develop three versions that could be fitted to the walls behind beds – as there are no ceilings directly above – to provide the appropriate level of light and control for both patients and staff.

They also feature enhanced infection control and patient comfort.

The company had temporarily suspended product production at Ashton-under-Lyne but had restarted while implement social distancing measures. Whitecroft says it’s ‘delighted’ to be supporting the nation’s response to covid-19.

At the first Nightingale Hospital in London’s Docklands, Marlow Integrated Designs is supplying the 4,000 linear LED bedhead luminaires to each of the bed cubicles in the facility, which was built at breakneck speed inside the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.

It delivered some 500 vapour-proof IP65 fittings and is sending a further 3,500 this week.

Other lighting industry suppliers sending equipment include Emergency Lighting Products and Jordan Reflectors. BELL Lighting is supplying a batch of its Illumina Slim high bays.

Specialist facility management companies Mitie and Iss, as well as architects BDP, are also contributing to the effort to create the hospital, the single biggest installation of its type created in peacetime. 

New NHS Nightingale hospitals will also be opened in Sunderland and Exeter to provide extra beds for patients with coronavirus symptoms if they are needed in the weeks ahead.