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NHS Highland Unit Receives Enhanced Protection

A new NHS forensic examination unit is now even better protected from bacteria – and more welcoming to patients – thanks to Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond.


NHS Highland needed a tough, cleanable anti-bacterial coating to help stop the spread of germs and bacteria for the interior walls of the new unit at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

In addition to the anti-bacterial qualities of the paint, NHS Highland also required a colour scheme which would help patients, including those with dementia, to feel calm and safe in the unit.

And the exterior of the building also needed attention, with a tough weatherproof paint required to withstand the Highland conditions.

Dulux Decorator Centre arranged a donation of Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond and Dulux Trade Weathershield Smooth Masonry Paint to the hospital to help complete the project.

A specialist protective coating specifically formulated for demanding or sensitive environments, Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond has a proven ability to promote hygiene by reducing bacterial populations on wall surfaces.

The latest testing into its active ingredient has revealed that it reduces surface bacteria in just two hours*.

Its world-class formulation – the result of an intensive and rigorous research and testing programme – has made it a trusted element of hospital infection control strategy that is widely used across the NHS.

Colin McEwen, Senior Engineer and Design Lead for NHS Highland, said: “Dulux Trade Sterishield was the ideal choice for the new forensic examination unit, as it’s tough and hardwearing, as well as anti-bacterial.

“It was also extremely valuable for us to work alongside the expert Dulux Trade colour consultant team, who came up with a mood board and recommended a colour scheme which makes the unit feel like a calm and safe space, something which is especially important for those patients with dementia.”

Karen McPherson, Specifier Development Manager at Dulux Decorator Centre in Inverness, commented: “We have all been full of admiration for the dedication and hard work of NHS staff over the past few months, and we were delighted at Dulux Decorator Centre to be able to arrange this donation to NHS Highland for their new forensic examination unit.

“They came to us for help with specifying the correct products and colour schemes, and our expert colour consultants recommended shades of Pale Nutmeg and Dusted Heather as they have been proven to help create a calm and restful environment.

“Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond has played a really important role in the fight against bacteria, and as it is available in both Diamond Matt and Diamond Eggshell finishes in a wide range of colours, it was perfect for NHS Highland’s requirements.”

Dulux Trade Sterishield Diamond shows reduction in bacteria in just two hours* through its active silver-based bactericide, combined with the durable and washable nature of the paint film.

Ideal for high-use areas that require regular cleaning, its non-hazardous formulation means it can be applied and disposed of in the same way as any standard emulsion.
It also offers all the benefits of Dulux Trade Diamond technology – being hard-wearing, stain resistant and 10-times tougher than vinyl silks.

Available in both Diamond Matt and Diamond Eggshell finishes, colour choices can be made from across the extensive colour palette, BS4800 and RAL ranges.

*Tested to ISO 220196 with over 90% reduction in E. coli and over 65% reduction in S. aureus after two hours and 99% reduction within 12 hours

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