MEH Facilities were commissioned by Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust to carry out this challenging contract. The contract valued at £27,000 covered electrical refurbishment works in Magnolia ward which was fully occupied with patients 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The works included the replacement of existing distribution fuse boards with new MCB distribution boards in a new cupboard location and remedial works recommended in a previous electrical test and inspection programme. The formation of a new cupboard to house the new MCB boards involved installing a one hour fire rated partition in the existing adjacent linen cupboard and diverting the existing heating pipes.
The installation of the new distribution boards in the new cupboard involved installing new sub main cables from the existing isolators and extending the existing sub circuits to the new MCB boards in the new position.
The changeover to each distribution board involved the shut down of the supply for several hours, which required extensive preparation work including identifying the individual circuits to minimise the shut down time. This also involved MEH Facilities staff in careful planning and close liaison with the hospital’s Ward manager to minimise inconvenience to the patients. To further minimise disruption the works were carried out on a Saturday.
The remedial works involved some repairs, earth bonding the replacement of the existing external canopy lighting, the installation of emergency lighting in the dining room and toilets, two of the wards, the roof space and the new electrical cupboard.
Whilst carrying out the remedial works MEH electricians liaised closely with the hospitals staff to keep disruption and patient inconvenience to a minimum and worked in a flexible manner to ensure the works were carried out at the most convenient times.