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Coping with the increased demand for winter beds in the NHS

Every year in the UK, hospitals see a surge in demand for beds during winter. NHS leaders have already predicted a bad flu epidemic this winter and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, said earlier this year that hospitals could struggle to cope if a major flu outbreak occurs.

Winter sees a spike in illnesses mainly amongst the ageing population which often requires a trip to hospital and an overnight stay. Healthcare providers struggle to meet the demand for beds during this period and NHS Improvement (NHSI), the health service regulator, said more needed to be done to ensure hospitals were able to provide safe care this winter.

However, there is a solution which would help to maximise under utilised spaces and reconfigure existing areas quickly, hygienically and in a very cost effective way. Westgate Site Segregation’s Hoardfast range can be used to create rooms within unused hospital spaces or to better segregate existing spaces; creating rooms that can be used as a ward for the sick. This would relieve the overburdened NHS and lessen the impact of the so-called “winter of woe” that is heading for the UK.

The Hoardfast range features hygienic components and simple click-together installation, making it a popular choice for hospitals across the UK. During 2017 Westgate have supplied Hoardfast to over 50 healthcare projects. Crucially, it has infection control approval, which means it can be used to segregate high-risk patients when it comes to infection. The tongue and groove joint system used to click the hoarding panels together provides an ultra tight seal, preventing the spread of infection. Westgate’s Hoardfast PVC is also wipeable on both sides making it a hygienic product to use when creating temporary wards in hospitals.


Fire rated panel options are available and help comply with health and safety regulations. All of Westgate’s systems are supplied in a range of floor to ceiling heights with window and door options also available as required.

For complete convenience and to cope with the changing demands of the hospital environment, the panels can be easily taken down, relocated and reconfigured without any lasting damage.

Additionally, no paint, sawdust or mess is involved during the installation process (which is also quick and easy) which means it doesn’t disrupt surrounding areas and patient care can continue.

The Westgate team is familiar with the strict requirements of a hospital environment, which have also played a central part in the systems design. Many Hoarding systems have a 2.7m standard panel height option which is specifically created for regulation hospital ceiling height.

Contact us to find out more about our temporary partition wall for hospitals.

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