Hospitals

Vexcolt has an extensive history when providing expansion and control joints solutions for HospitalsMedical CentresNursing HomesClinicsTreatment Centres.

Hospitals, medical centres, nursing homes, clinics and treatment centres all present special challenges.
Hospitals require specific solutions to take into account the unique properties such buildings require.
Vexcolt has been involved in hospitals around the world.  Our focus is on three main areas:

  • Cleanability
  • Hygiene
  • Trafficability

Our products are designed for the traffic loads commonly seen in care centres, they are infused with anti-microbial and antibacterial agents and have a smooth surface to enable easy, thorough cleaning and a lack of ‘jolt’ when gurneys and wheel chairs pass over them. Different areas require different solutions.

Recommendations

Expansion Joints

Any expansion joint employed must:

  1. Provide smooth transit for the users of the building particularly those with disabilities and those recuperating from illness or surgery. Vexcolt’s jointing systems have been designed meet current European and USA Disability Legislation (ADA).
  2. Expansion joint systems must be hygienic and easy to clean. Vexcolt’s metal and seal-based system have a flush surface for cleanability and employ antimicrobial and antifungal agents within the seal compound.
  3. The variety of trolleys and equipment that can pass across a hospital floor mean that should be considered when specifying expansion joints. It is recommended that a load value of 750KPa (approximately 7.5kg per cm2) be used to define loading. For a four-wheeled trolley with a wheel contact area of 5cm x 5cm this means that an expansion joint system should be able to support a trolley with a gross load 750kg.
Control Joints

Where smaller control joints are required, we strongly recommend that the narrowest system possible is used to limit the potential for damage and contamination. Control joints in such environments should have metal side plates to support the vulnerable edges of finishes.

Vexcolt’s Micratec-SE range is only 3mm wide and comprises a stainless-steel envelope which encapsulates a central seal which has been impregnated with antimicrobial and antifungal agents.

Vexcolt has years of experience supplying joints for hospitals, medical centres, nursign homes, climics, treatment centres. Projects include:

  • Queen Mary Hospital
  • Lister Hospital
  • North Middlesex Hospital
  • North Staffs Hospital
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
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