Netcare hospitals at Milpark and Sunninghill required immediate, temporary power solutions to provide emergency standby backup power whilst essential maintenance of existing generator sets on site were carried out.
At Milpark hospital backup power was in the process of being updated, but at the time no redundancy was available to allow for downtime on the existing 2MVA units that were not synchronised.
The generator sets supply critical backup power to support 90% of all hospital functionality in the event of a grid outage. This includes ICU and Cardio Thoracic wards, Emergency Units and Operating Theatres. In addition, the generators power the UPS to ensure continuous power with no downtime.
At Sunninghill the existing, operational, units required back up to provide redundancy for critical applications, in the event of a power failure.
Consequences of downtime in a hospital include the shutdown of the complex system that supplies oxygen to critically ill patients throughout the facility, life support machines and operating capabilities. Black out, even momentary, is life endangering. It could also result in severe financial penalties as the hospitals owe a duty of care to their patients.