Harry Beeksma is the Maintenance Manager at Sydney Southwest Private Hospital. Beyond fire protection services, he values loyal relationships and reliable people he can trust.
Q: Hi Harry, thanks for talking to us about the importance of hospital fire safety. Tell us about Sydney Southwest Private Hospital. We are an 87-bed hospital with seven operating theatres now. We recently extended our hospital to include two extra theatres, 14 surgical beds, which opened on April 10, 2019, and 20 consulting suites.
Q: It’s an impressive facility. Can you talk about the range of services Form1 completed during the upgrade? We replaced our Fire Panel, to an Addressable Panel, and replaced all of the smoke detectors throughout the hospital – this was a very challenging task for Form1. The works were done in two parts – a full install in new building areas, cabling infrastructure and devices. In the existing hospital we replaced FIP and all devices. Kevin Wright (Form1 Project Manager) and Luke Watts (Form1 Service Technician/ Electrician), were amazing in the transition and Luke was a great resource – always communicating with the hospital. The work was completed without impacting the hospital’s operations and patient care. Form1 apprentice Daniel Wall was also a great help and onsite for up to nine months.
Q: When did you first come into contact with Form1? It was around 2002. I use to work at St George Private Hospital in Kogarah, and Kareena Private Hospital in Caringbah. Steve Shirlaw (Form1 CEO) and Andy McMurtrie (Form1 Business Development) were working together and I got to know them quite well as one of them was at the hospital once a month. The first job I remember was them changing the fire panel at Kareena Private Hospital. When I started at Sydney Southwest in 2010, Form1 were already working at the hospital.
I know when I have an issue I can pick up the phone and call Form1 and the issue is sorted. – Harold Beeksma, Sydney Southwest Private Hospital
Q: What do you value about Form1 and the way they work? The relationship I’ve built with Form1, over many years, is one of the most important factors. I know when I have an issue I can pick up the phone and call Form1 and the issue is sorted. There is a lot of trust. Generally, the same technician comes out to do the monthly service. This is a great help because I don’t need to show a new guy around every month, which can be frustrating.
Q: Would you recommend Form1 to other Maintenance Managers? I would absolutely recommended Form1. I value their systems and service folders that are made up, and the technician’s always put the service dockets into the folder. I have a good laugh with the guys too.
Q: How valuable is the hospital fire safety service Form1 provides? Very valuable to me and the hospital and they are only ever a phone call away.
Q: What matters most when you are dealing with fire and safety providers? Reliability, consistency and communication.