The hospital uses the Tinytag Energy Data Logger to record electrical consumption, which can help identify energy saving measures. Tinytag Temperature data loggers are used for temperature control in medical and vaccine fridges.
Bedford Hospital is a local acute trust which also provides a
number of outpatient services on site, including a branch of
Moorfield's Eye Hospital serving Bedford and the surrounding
It also hosts a large base for GSTS Pathology, which provides
services to a number of hospitals across the East of England
including Bedford. For a site of this size and scope, accurate
monitoring of power usage and energy efficiency is of ongoing
Brian Randall, Engineering Officer, Estates - Engineering
Projects and Maintenance - is responsible for undertaking regular
electrical monitoring. He has been using the Tinytag
Energy Logger as a key tool in this process. The aim is to
ensure that the infrastructure operates within its limits, whilst
the site energy profile increases over time due to the increasing
use of technology.
Typically, the Energy Logger is employed for electrical
monitoring on main intakes or sub-mains, usually for a period of a
few days. One of the most common examples is when upgrades are
planned or new power using equipment is being installed. The data
obtained from the Energy Logger is used to confirm if upgrades to
infrastructure are needed or if energy saving measures are to be
deployed and verified.
The hospital also uses Tinytag temperature data
loggers in various indoor locations to help ensure that rooms
and equipment are kept within controlled parameters. As well as
this permanent deployment, temperature loggers are also used on a
temporary basis as a secondary confirmation of the effectiveness of
existing monitoring, including monitoring the sensitive contents of
medical refrigerators such as blood, vaccines or specimens.
Temperature data is used to confirm if equipment requires a
service/repair or replacement, and longer term data may also form
part of audit information to show continuing compliance.
Brian said: "The Tinytag
Energy Logger is easy to set up and use, and good value for
money compared with similar products on the market. The unit is
compact and can be easily placed inside a cabinet without worry of
disturbance. Gemini's temperature loggers are also easy to set up
and convenient to use, either on a temporary basis for verification
purposes or for longer term general monitoring."