“Each Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer represents a saving on waste costs. In addition, public toilet areas are no longer cluttered with paper towels. “

Gary Burkill,
Head of Facilities, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into causes of the illness. Together with The Institute of Cancer Research, it forms the largest cancer care centre in Europe, helping more than 40,000 patients each year.

The challenge

The hospital wanted an improved hand drying solution for staff and visitors. One that would reduce expenditure on conventional paper towels and meet its stringent hygiene requirements. In a healthcare environment, it’s important for hands to be completely dry – wet hands more easily attract and spread bacteria. It also had to be easily incorporated into the hospital’s cleaning schedule and address concerns about not providing paper towels as a drying option.

The solution

During a trial period in public bathroom areas, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer received immediate positive feedback. Significant ‘control of infection’ advantages were identified over traditional hot air hand dryers and paper towels. Hospital staff also noticed that toilets weren’t becoming blocked with paper towels, making the washroom safer and more hygienic.

The results

After the successful trial, 50 Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers have been installed in public and staff bathrooms throughout the hospital. A further 60 locations have been identified for installation across the hospital’s two sites.

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust