With the country currently in the midst of a pandemic on a scale never before seen in modern times, mass vaccination centres have given us a glimpse of hope in the fight against an invisible and deadly enemy.
These centres have been opening at large scale events and hospitality sites around the country. Businesses have been playing their part in supporting society by offering their facilities for use by the NHS to support the fight against coronavirus.
While the emergence of these vaccination centres is great news, they cannot operate without sufficient planning and facilities management. Arguably the most essential service for a vaccination facility is a robust and resilient power supply, to support the site’s medical equipment.
West Yorkshire-based back-up power specialist, PPSPower, has recently been commissioned to install temporary back-up power supplies at several vaccination centres across the UK and has been proud to support this essential community service.
One of these installations was for Leeds United, which has provided its home at Elland Road as a vaccination centre for vulnerable members of the public, as well as health and care staff.
The national provider of generator and UPS power and service maintenance solutions has already been supporting Leeds United with its power needs for more than 10 years and maintained the stadium’s matchday generator last season as it celebrated winning the Championship title and a promotion to the Premier League.
Steve Peal, Managing Director of PPSPower, explains how vaccination centre installations have been a different challenge, but a hugely rewarding one for the firm:
“Normally at a venue such as Elland Road we would be installing a back-up generator to power the facility for fans attending on a matchday, but this is obviously a totally different scenario.
“The vaccination centre needed a generator to supply power to the essential equipment being used to treat people, including lighting and the refrigerators used to store the vaccine drugs at optimum temperature for use.”
PPSPower’s generator installation capabilities have also been called into use at other vaccination centres UK-wide, including the new facilities at Jacob’s Well in Bradford and Heathfield Resource Centre in Manchester, with more installations scheduled over the coming months.
“It is absolutely critical that while these centres remain open they have a constant power supply and there no failures. They provide a potentially lifesaving service and rely on electricity to keep them in operation”, Steve adds.
The centre at Elland Road will be set up in a self-contained space, enabling a safe and efficient delivery of the vaccine. While in operation, it will provide jabs to thousands of high-risk patients.
“Fortunately, we are very familiar with the site layout of Elland Road, having worked here for so many years. Our engineers were therefore able to plan the installation of the hire generator and mobilise very quickly, so that we were able to have the site powered up and ready to use as soon as possible”, Steve says.
“We are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to attend any generators that need attention. One of our engineers has just attended The Lodge, an NHS Trust vaccination centre in Essex, in the early hours of the morning, to solve a control issue, before the centre opens to patients. Whatever the generator requirements, we have them covered.”
To protect their assets from potential power outages, stadiums and similar venues are urged to invest in protection systems from a trusted supplier. A generator set provides back-up power protection – when combined with a UPS this back-up solution ensures there is no break in supply. Combine this with a bulk fuel tank and this solution will continue to power the key services it is connected to indefinitely (providing the fuel tank topped is up and the equipment is maintained).
To find out more about PPSPower’s generator and UPS services available to stadiums nationwide, visit Generator & UPS Maintenance | PPSPower.