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Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Nhs Trust

Location:

Yorkshire, UK

Sector:

Public

Introduction:

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust comprises three hospital sites, including Dewsbury and District Hospital, Pinderfields Hospital and Pontefract Hospital. 

The Trust provides community, acute (hospital-based treatment) and specialist health services to around half a million people living in the Wakefield and North Kirklees areas. It also treats patients who choose to use its services from surrounding areas, including South Leeds, North Yorkshire, Barnsley and Doncaster.

The project brief:

As part of a major PFI construction project of two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Pontefract and Wakefield, proAV successfully tendered for a project to equip the Wakefield site’s new Education Centre. The three-storey Education Centre comprises a graduate education facility and Trust offices, including new Trust headquarters. 

proAV delivered an extensive, professional integrated solution for the Education Centre, featuring wide-ranging audio visual technologies, including multi-site video conferencing infrastructure and High Definition endpoints, integration with OCS platform for desktop video conferencing and industry leading presentation and control equipment to provide high quality and consistent education for the Trust’s medical staff and to attract the highest caliber medical students to the new Centre.

The project to equip the Trust HQ and Education Centre satisfied a number of key presentation and communication requirements, including the ability to record medical procedures within the building onto computer systems for review and playback to aid students’ learning experience. In addition, the Education Centre systems had to interface with the Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting rooms in the new Pinderfields Hospital via video cameras fitted to pendants in theatres, transmitting multimedia over the data network.

The Trust was determined to develop smarter learning methods and to make learning materials more accessible; educational content can now be recorded and accessed on demand, reducing the need for repetitive room-based learning sessions.

A number of specialist areas within the Trust HQ and Education Centre were equipped with the following professional AV technologies:

  • Multiple interactive white boards and SMART interactive widescreen pen displays
  • Full HD, DLP WUXGA (1920x1200), WXGA and SXGA digital projection systems with electric projection screens
  • HDX video conferencing systems, including PTZ cameras, DVI matrix switchers, 4x4 VGA and stereo audio matrix switcher
  • Multiple HD plasma and LCD display screens
  • Video capture and external DVI capture hardware
  • Audio system, including sound structure audio processor, microphones, speakers and amplifiers
  • Control system, including 10” and 12” LCD touchpanels, 16 and 8 button controllers and docking stations
  • Video equipment, including presentation switcher with PIP, in-ceiling PTZ camera system, video distribution amplifier and video capture
  • Bespoke lectern furniture
  • Presentation audio solution, including bodypack transmitter, mics, handheld transmitters, audio processor, surround sound amplifier, 120w 100v amplifiers, sub-woofer and speakers and infra-red assisted listening system with stethoset receivers
  • Encoded media recorder and streaming server

In summary:

As part of the Trust’s commitment to reduce travel costs between sites, focus on multi-site communication was integral to this project. For example, it was essential for education activities to be streamed across multiple sites reducing the need for attendees to travel and multi-site, multi-room video and audio conferencing is now the preferred meeting approach to avoid unnecessary travel between sites by Trust staff.

The project was successfully delivered on time, within budget and according to the clients exacting specification. The result is an outstanding range of world class technologies and equipment that is providing the Trust’s Education Centre at Pinderfields Hospital with remarkable facilities for healthcare students and staff.