The Board of St. James’s Hospital
John Paul Construction
Building Design Partnership & O’Connell Mahon Architects
Bruce Shaw Partnership
Aspergillus Prevention Works at St. James’s Hospital Dublin
As a result of the New Children’s Hospital project construction work to be carried out on the St James’s Hospital site over the next number of years, there is a requirement to protect at risk patients from Aspergillus spores that are released from ground and building works.
The NCH development will involve the demolition of existing buildings, excavation and levelling works, diversion of services and construction of the NCH basement and building as well as proposed link to SJH main hospital. This work will take place over a number of years and will result in an increased risk of Aspergillus release into the atmosphere, thereby increasing the risk of Invasive Aspergillosis in at-risk patient groups.
Therefore there is a requirement to protect at risk patients from Aspergillus spores that are released from this work. The St. James’s Infection Control Team & Patient Safety Committee has reviewed this requirement thoroughly.
The scope of works our work consisted the installation of Air Filtration and Air conditions into 12 No Hospital wards. When working in these wards other work was also carried out to other Mechanical Services in the wards. This work was carried out under the form of Conditions set out in the Public Works Contract for Building Works Designed by the Contractor.
The work was carried out on a phased basis and under a tight programme of 26 days per ward.
The site of the works was located within grounds of an Acute Hospital which were particularly busy with patients, employees and visitors to the Hospital. The surrounding and adjacent hospital departments continued to function as normal whilst the works were in progress.