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In the new Auckland City Hospital, expansive glazing, landscaping and colour provide natural light and a visual connection to the outdoors

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T he fast, efficient delivery of patient samples to laboratories and blood products to theatre and critical care units was essential to the new hospital.

To achieve this and more, Lamson Engineering supplied and installed an air tube transport system, says company director John Doone.

"Air tubes dramatically improve efficiency by decreasing staff movement, allowing staff to concentrate on their primary tasks. Smoother work flows, faster deliveries, improved patient services and secure transportation methods are all positive spin-offs, he says. Plus, deliveries can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The system combines sending and receiving stations interconnected by pipework installed in ceilings and floors. Articles to be transferred are placed in a purpose-built container or carrier.

The destination is entered on the keyboard and the carrier inserted into the station. The carrier travels through the pipework at speeds of 5m to 7m per second. Its arrival at the nominated destination is indicated by a light or a buzzer.

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For more details, contact Lamson Engineering, phone (09) 526 0121, fax (09) 526 0120. Website:www.lamson.co.nz.

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