Nuffield Hospital, North London 

Healthcare Case Study 
Patient rooms in Nuffield Hospital, North London with installed daylighting system

CHALLENGE 

Managers were keen to explore how natural light could be brought into this otherwise gloomy area, formerly illuminated by fluorescent lighting 

RESULTS 

Each system was installed with a remote controlled daylight dimmer to allow patients to control the light during the day if they wished 

PRODUCT 

10 Solatube SolaMaster Series units with remote control daylight dimmer kits 

FACILITY 

Private Hospital 

BACKGROUND 

The North London Nuffield Hospital is a private hospital with 45 bedrooms offering a range of services and special clinics from acupuncture and bone densitometry through to vasectomies and X-Rays. While its primary focus is on providing excellence in the clinical and medical care it offers, the hospital is keen to make its patients’ stays in the hospital as pleasant as possible too and careful consideration is given to the design and ambience of patients’ rooms 

CHALLENGE 

When it was decided to turn an unused internal space into four additional day care rooms at the hospital, managers were keen to explore how natural light could be brought into this otherwise gloomy area formerly illuminated by fluorescent lighting. 

SOLUTION 

Initially, managers considered using traditional skylights but had concerns for potential security and safety in having an expanse of glass immediately above patients’ beds. Furthermore, their installation would be quite expensive, time consuming and disruptive. They then explored the possibility of using tubular skylights and were quickly convinced that these were the ideal products for their project. 

RESULTS 

Ten 330 DS (530mm diameter) systems were installed, each fitted with a remote controlled daylight dimmer to allow patients to control the light during the day if they wished. 
Staff at Nuffield Hospital in North London standing under their newly installed daylighting system
A nurse works whilst the room in Nuffield Hospital, North London is filled with controlled natural daylight
 
 
“As soon as I spoke to Solatube it was obvious that they were much better informed than other companies in this field. They listened to the issues we were trying to address and were keen to help us find the right solution. We are very pleased with the effect the Solatubes have had in the day rooms in which they have been installed and are considering how we could use them at other Nuffield Hospitals to gain similar benefits.” 
Perry Petworth, Assistant Projects Manager 
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