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New Asteral Protect Contract went live at Doncaster on 1st April 2015

Asteral is pleased to announce the start of a new Asteral Protect contract with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The five-year contract went live on 1st April and is for the maintenance of over 100 items of diagnostic imaging equipment including two CTs, two MRs, and nine ultrasounds. The equipment is spread across five hospital sites, a GP surgery, and a prison.

The Trust cares for a population of 420,000 with a vision to become the best healthcare provider in its class and Asteral will help them achieve this goal. The Trust procured our services through the North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative maintenance Framework and is one of 31 acute Trusts who can access this Framework free of charge as an NOECPC member.

The go-live follows an audit of the Trust’s equipment and transfer of management letters being issued to the relevant incumbent maintenance providers. Through the Asteral Service Centre, the single-point-of-contact for all equipment maintenance, the majority of equipment will be maintained using Asteral, MESA, and independent service organisations. This use of resource ensures the best value for the Trust, whilst ensuring key performance indicators are met and equipment is maintained to the highest standards.

John Dickinson, Asteral’s Business Development Management, commented: ’Asteral is thrilled to add Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to its expanding customer base. We will work with the Trust, sharing their values of commitment to quality and focus on innovation for improvement to provide them with the best service for their requirements.’

Jayne Fielden, Doncaster’s Superintendent Radiographer, said “The approach of having different cover levels and maintenance providers all under one contract means that we have been able to tailor the service to our needs. Having worked with Asteral to prepare for go-live we are delighted that the service has started and are excited about realising the benefits.”