For the second year in a row, Asteral’s pioneering approach to vendor independent Managed Equipment Services has been recognised by the HealthInvestor awards, held on 3 June at the Hilton Park Lane, London.
The 12-strong judging panel of independent healthcare industry experts praised the MES saying “the pioneering partnership between Asteral and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has helped the Trust reduce its waiting times to significantly below the government’s 18-week target.”
By reducing financial risk for the Trust, bringing independent, authoritative expertise to secure best value procurement and delivering operational flexibility that exceeded ambitious performance targets, the contract delivered key objectives for UHL. As well as helping the Trust reduce its waiting times to significantly below 18 weeks, 50 new major items of medical equipment were delivered and clinicians’ time has been freed-up so they can focus on patient care. All three of UHL hospital sites have benefited through the provision and management of ultrasound, MRI and CT scanners, digital X-ray rooms, interventional fluoroscopy, cardiac catheter labs, static and mobile mammography services and three robotic dispensing pharmacies.
Dr Shona Campbell, Clinical Director Imaging Services, UHL explained that before the MES “there was always uncertainty about whether or not a particular item of equipment would be replaced and we were always in a rush to fit procurement into the financial year.” By contrast, now UHL staff “know in advance when each and every item is to be replaced and we assess what is available from a range of manufacturers.”
Acting Director of Strategy for the Trust, Helen Seth outlined the rationale for the deal: “The contract has allowed us to reduce costs through better procurement and planning as well as increase revenue through guaranteed equipment uptimes. The award recognised that since the MES with Asteral went live, the contract has helped to improve patient care by enabling better diagnoses and helping to achieve significant falls in waiting times.”
Accompanying photo showing from left to right:
- John Muolo – New Business Director, Asteral
- Shona Campbell – Clinical Director of Imaging, University Hospitals of Leicester
- David Rolfe – Managing Director, Asteral