Lifts and escalators in NHS


ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 1 March 2000




(2000), "Lifts and escalators in NHS", Facilities, Vol. 18 No. 3/4.



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Lifts and escalators in NHS

Lifts and escalators in NHS

Keywords: Lifts, NHS

Otis plc has put together a unique and innovative lift package aimed specifically at patients in hospitals and clinics. Cutting-edge designs and devices, the first to meet new NHS performance and operational standards, will ensure that the safety and comfort of bed-ridden passengers are taken to levels far above existing standards.

Bill Evans, Otis Group director sales and marketing, said: "Far above all else, the safety and comfort of lift passengers are our main concerns. We recognise that, in the provision of health care, supporting facilities and services, such as lifts, must operate at a level that enhances the quality of patient care. For this reason, we have focused on the needs of patients in transit and designed the lift around them."

Bed-patients, for instance, need never again suffer overhead glare: the lighting is diffused around the car from the operating panel in the side wall. Precision floor levelling removes possible tripping hazards and makes loading and unloading beds easy for staff and comfortable for the patient.

Safety is maximised on entry and exit by means of the Lambda 11 protection system that will reverse the lift doors before contact is made, if any person or object obstructs one of its 56 infra-red beams.

The package is already being installed at the Dartford & Gravesham Hospital in Kent and will be ready for inspection early in the New Year. A total of 16 lifts are also to be installed, including 12 Otis 2000 Bedlifts, and two escalators at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.

The project is due for completion in April 2002 with Otis continuing to provide expert service and support for the 32 lifts and escalators thereafter.

For further information, please contact: Chris Bowler, Otis Plc, 43-59 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JZ. Tel: +44 (0) 171 735 9131; Fax: +44 (0) 171 416 7172; E-mail: cbowler or visit the Otis Website at

Notes for editors

Founded in 1853, Otis is the world's largest company in the development, manufacture and servicing of lifts, escalators, Trav-O-Lators* and shuttles, with operations in more than 160 countries. Otis is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation, an international group of world-leading companies and one of the top-ten investors in technological research.

Otis enjoys domestic market leadership and achieved a 1997 turnover of over £225 million. The company operates a manufacturing facility in Liverpool and employs a workforce of 1,700.

For more information about Otis products and services please visit the Otis Web site at

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