There’s more than meets the eye at Wisbech clinic

A new purpose-built eye surgery in Wisbech for independent NHS Eye Service provider Anglia Community Eye Service boasts state-of-the-art LED lighting, medical equipment and security systems.

The concept for the 1000m2 facility involved bringing together the familiarity of a “cottage hospital” with the modernity and functionality of the latest technology. Designed to a high specification, the surgery featured cutting-edge security technology such as retina and fingerprint detection and high-resolution CCTV to enhance the building’s safety.

Since many ophthalmic out-patients are partially-sighted or totally blind, a well-lit environment is crucial to allow visually-impaired patients to find their way around independently. NHS planning guidelines emphasise that patients attending ophthalmology units, particularly for the first time and those awaiting surgery, can be apprehensive and that “furnishings and lighting should contribute to creating a relaxed and comfortable environment.”

The challenge was to design a safe, contemporary and task-appropriate lighting solution that would comply with the latest regulations and guarantee long-term financial paybacks in energy savings. The versatility and energy-efficiency of LED lighting solved all these issues without compromising on affordability.

Dextra Lighting worked closely with the client, inviting both the project consultant and registered manager to visit its factory to develop aspects of the design in detail. The in-house design department also collaborated effectively with Piquant Design to deliver a sophisticated bespoke solution for the lighting’s sensors, controls and emergency features. Smith’s Electrical of Boston carried out the installation.

Patients enter to a “village hall” style reception area with plenty of seating. The spacious room features ceilings of over 5m high and an entire wall of windows, making the most of the natural light. Small high-level, square windows have also been fitted to balance the distribution of daylight.

Here, the Modled Surface 600mm x 600mm panels have been used for an unobtrusive look. By using the latest Philips LEDs and Philips or Tridonic drivers, the luminaire offers excellent efficiency and minimises maintenance in such a busy and hard-to-reach area. To achieve the required light levels for the reception/waiting area, thirty 4400 lm units were installed, offering a bright and uniform coverage of light.

Maintaining a similar aesthetic to the entrance hall, the Modled Office Surface was installed in the building’s offices. This surface-mounted luminaire combines glare control technology (a high transmission opal diffuser and central microprism optic panel), with high-output Philips Lumileds LEDs, to achieve the recommended 400 lux average for offices with rooms as large as 3m by 3m. This allowed the installation to be designed with the minimum of luminaires, capital cost and energy consumption.

The luminaire was also fitted with DALI dimming controls and compatible daylight regulation sensors. For the consulting rooms, another product from the broader Modled family was installed to suit the ceiling type. The Modled Slim is designed for pull-up and lay-in installation in both 15mm and 24mm exposed T suspended ceiling systems.

The surface-mounted Impervia LED was used in the clinic’s operating theatre. Its IP65 rated steel housing and injection moulded ABS frame offer protection from dust, dirt and moisture, making it a low maintenance and hygienic solution.

Together with Piquant Design, Dextra Lighting delivered an advanced bespoke design for the surgery’s lighting controls. All fittings were supplied with DALI dimming functions which were made compatible to Piquant’s bespoke lighting controls. In each area, selected luminaires were installed with integrated emergency lighting complete with auto-test functions.