Hospital Technology and wiring accessories specialist, The Wandsworth Group, has launched a range of blue sockets to comply with NHS Medical Electrical Installation Guidance Notes (MEIGaN). Designed for use in either bed head trunking or medical services columns, the new socket range combines The Wandsworth’s Group’s track record for excellent wiring accessory design and quality with the company’s expertise in the healthcare sector.
Available in switched or unswitched single or twin units, the Wandsworth MEIGaN-compliant units offer a flexible solution for hospitals when carrying out refurbishments or new build projects and in some cases they can also be retrofitted into existing trunking and medical columns.
The advice regarding blue-coloured sockets was introduced as part of the MEIGaN guidance to ensure that sockets connected to dedicated back up power supplies are easily identifiable. This ensures that hospital staff plug in vital equipment to a UPS power source and cannot mistakenly connect it to the ordinary mains supply instead, which could risk lives in the event of an outage.
Comments Brian McGonigle from The Wandsworth Group: “Because of the costs involved in implementing the MEIGaN guidance, the pace of change has been slow so far but our new blue MEIGaN-compliant sockets have been designed to offer maximum versatility. Already we have found that some of our competitors are specifying these sockets for their own trunking and medical column installations and we believe that we have stolen a march on the sector with a range that offers choice and flexibility for any healthcare installation.”