Homerton Hospital, UK

During the renovation of a specialist Adult Rehabilitation Unit at the hospital, Antimicrobial Copper door furniture was installed throughout. The products chosen were from Allgood's Contego range of Antimicrobial Copper door furniture, made from an alloy visually indistinguishable from stainless steel, providing an unobtrusive additional infection prevention measure.

Antimicrobial Copper installation at Homerton Hospital in the UK

Homerton is an NHS Foundation Trust based in the east London Borough of Hackney, providing general hospital and community services to Hackney and the City of London, and specialist care inobstetrics, neonatology, fetal medicine, fertility, bariatric surgery and neuro rehabilitation across east London and beyond.

During the renovation of a specialist Adult Rehabilitation Unit at thehospital, Antimicrobial Copper door furniture was installed throughout.  The products chosen were from Allgood's Contego range of Antimicrobial Copper door furniture, made from an alloy with a silver appearance, visually indistinguishable from stainless steel, providing an unobtrusive additional infection prevention measure. The items supplied in a brushed finish, were lever handles and pull handles.

Graham Shirville, Managing Director of Allgood, says of the installation: 'The Contego range offered the client the antimicrobial protection of copper with the appearance of stainless steel, fitting in with the desired aesthetic whilst helping to protect patients from the pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections.'

Copper and copper alloys are engineering materials that are durable, colourful and recyclable and are widely available in various product forms suitable for a range of manufacturing purposes. Copper and its alloys offer a suite of materials for designers of functional, sustainable and cost-effective products.

Copper and certain copper alloys have intrinsic antimicrobial properties (so-called ‘Antimicrobial Copper’) and products made from these materials have an additional, secondary benefit of contributing to hygienic design. Products made from Antimicrobial Copper are a supplement to, not a substitute for standard infection control practices. It is essential that current hygiene practices are continued, including those related to the cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.

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