HFMA Annual Conference 2016

Asteral enjoyed yet another successful exhibition at HFMA’s Annual Conference, which took place between Wednesday 7th and Friday 9th December 2016 at the Hilton London Metropole, where more than 600 delegates attended.

The three-day event was opened by motivational success speaker – Joy Marsden, and was this year themed ‘Step Up’. Delegates attended workshops and seminars focused on how the NHS could step up to 2020 and beyond. The Asteral team used the opportunity to promote primarily Asteral Select services, a vendor-independent managed service that reduces costs to Trusts by at least 15% per year less than self-providing the same services. It was also a great opportunity to spread brand awareness to people visiting the stand wanting to learn more about Asteral. The majority of these visitors being those who work in Finance departments in the NHS, working with restricted budgets and therefore exploring innovative ways to save money.

The conference concluded on the Friday afternoon, with the exhibition prize draw which took place on Asteral’s stand with the lucky winners receiving prizes from holiday vouchers to champagne hampers.

Asteral nominates Stockport for The Excellence in Supply Awards 2016

Asteral manages 39 items of diagnostic imaging equipment at Stepping Hill Hospital. Over the equipment’s lifetime, the cost of the original equipment manufacturer’s support can be more than the original purchase price. Asteral therefore worked with the imaging department heads within the Trust’s Radiology division to agree on the purchase of a Protect service contract. This bold commitment by Stockport into a multi-year contract with Asteral as a single managed service provider has saved the Trust in excess of £140K since 2012.

More recently, Stockport’s team has collaborated with Asteral to develop a payment mechanism that provides the Trust with additional cost savings whilst continuing to deliver high-quality services. The Trust will benefit from £70K worth of savings in the first year of the new contract with the potential for a similar level of recurrent savings to be made in each year of the contract moving forwards.

Asteral is pleased to announce that following its nomination, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust was shortlisted for the ‘NHS in the North West’s Excellence in Supply Awards 2016’ in the NHS Supplier Engagement category. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 20th October at the Village Hotel, Blackpool. The annual event provides a unique opportunity to gain national recognition and celebrates private sector organisations working with the NHS for the delivery of high-quality, effective and efficient patient care.

Well done to everyone nominated in each category and congratulations to all of the winners!

New Asteral Protect contract at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Asteral is pleased to announce the start of a new Asteral Protect contract with Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust! The new partnership will see the Trust benefit from industry leading equipment uptime to allow for optimised patient outcomes.

The Trust, which opened its doors in 1862, offers care to 90,000 children and young people from across the country each year. The award-winning, world-renowned hospital has over 3,500 members of staff with a reputation for excellence in many life-changing specialist services. The hospital is also home to Europe’s largest single site paediatric intensive care unit, a 24-hour accident and emergency service, regional major trauma centre and revolutionary new mental health service for 0-25 year olds.

Jean Cahalane, Radiology Professional Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, commented “Asteral’s competitive pricing structure and different cover levels allowed us to choose the correct level of maintenance for our equipment. We are looking forward to working with Asteral in this new partnership.”

Royal Berkshire Signs 5-Year Asteral Protect Contract

Asteral is pleased to announce the expansion of its managed maintenance portfolio with a new Asteral Protect service with The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.  The five-year contract went live in March and has an optional one-plus-one year extension.  The contract covers the high-quality maintenance of diagnostic imaging equipment across the Royal Berkshire Hospital and some of its satellite sites including, but not limited to: three MR scanners, four CT scanners, sixty five ultrasounds and two gamma cameras.

Although the Protect contract commenced in March, Asteral has delivered an interim service since the beginning of January to assist the Trust as they transitioned from their previous multi-vendor provider.

Procured through a rigorous competitive procurement, Asteral provides the Trust with the most economically advantageous service – providing equipment uptimes in excess of 99% as well as a single point-of-contact Service Centre which allows Trust staff to maintain their focus on patient care and optimising patient outcomes.  The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is a large general hospital serving a core population of 500,000 and a wider population of one million for specialist and hyper acute services. The Trust has a vision to provide sustainable, high-quality care for the local community; a vision which Asteral is proud to support from its new headquarters and Centre Of Excellence in Theale, Berkshire.

Asteral’s Business Development Director, Jason Long, commented: “It’s great to have a partnership with our local NHS Trust who deliver healthcare to the majority of our own employees and families.  We are building a strong relationship in order to support both the Trust’s vision and their diagnostic imaging strategies over the next five to seven years”.

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust renews maintenance contract with Asteral

Asteral is pleased to announce that Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has renewed its Asteral Protect service for a further three years. The Asteral Protect contract for diagnostic imaging equipment, including two CT scanners, is further to the success of the previous three-year service which began in June 2012.

Asteral Protect is the ISO 9001:2008 accredited multi-vendor managed maintenance service that is designed to reduce costs and maximise equipment availability with industry-leading response and rectification times. Flexible services are available with a choice of cover levels and maintenance providers.

The Asteral Protect contract with Stockport will provide the Trust with cost savings and operational benefits including: a choice of engineering options; a single point-of-contact service centre for all service requests; guaranteed uptime; and improved detailed reporting on equipment performance.

Martin Thornton, Business Development Manager at Asteral commented: “Asteral is delighted with the renewal of this contract – it serves as testament to the success of Asteral’s Protect service, our service advancements, and new competitive pricing structure. Asteral’s range of services delivers measurable cost and efficiency savings for the management and maintenance of critical medical equipment. Hospitals are able to make significant savings on their non-pay spend and remodel the way they purchase and implement the maintenance of their medical equipment, achieving improved uptime performance and, in turn, better productivity.”

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.”

Asteral awarded managed maintenance contract with VirginCare

Asteral is delighted to announce that it has agreed a three-year Asteral Protect contract with Virgin Care for the managed maintenance of diagnostic imaging equipment.

Virgin Care operates over 230 NHS and social care services across the UK and has treated more than four million people since 2006.

Jason Long, Asteral’s Business Development Director, commented: “Asteral is thrilled to be working with such an acclaimed company and will add value and resilience to Virgin Care’s existing high-quality services. Our shared principles – patient care excellence and providing value for the NHS – will be key drivers throughout our partnership.”

New Asteral Protect contract with Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Asteral is delighted to announce that Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has signed a managed maintenance service contract for 33 items of Radiology equipment including MR, CT, ultrasound and mammography. The three-year Asteral Protect covers all hospital sites – Chesterfield Royal, Whitworth, and Buxton Hospitals – and was procured via the North Of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative.

In addition to providing cost savings and guaranteed service levels through a single multi-supplier maintenance agreement, Asteral Protect utilises the optimal combination of services provided by the original equipment manufacturers (OEM), independent service organisations and in-house engineers; all managed by the Asteral Service Centre (ASC). ASC is a single point-of-contact for all maintenance issues, proactively and efficiently managing the selected service providers ensuring that the Trust is provided with records management, efficient preventative maintenance planning and p[prompt rectification of equipment faults. Using an established computerised maintenance management system ASC provides the Trust with bespoke quarterly performance reports which detail service levels versus key performance indicators.

Furthermore, Asteral Protect has included the extensive CT and MR maintenance capabilities of MESA – the pan-European leader in independent multi-vendor maintenance solutions – and an MR at Chesterfield will be maintained by MESA engineers. MESA has significant in-house expertise with high calibre ex-OEM engineering staff, as well as a UK parts stock backed by a multi-channel global supply chain.

John Dickinson, Asteral’s Business Development Manager, commented, ‘Asteral is excited by the ongoing expansion of its business and is delighted to have Chesterfield as a customer. With Asteral and MESA joining under the same parent company we hope to provide the NHS with every available option to ensure value for money is optimised whilst guaranteeing quality.’

Andrew Loveridge, General Manager at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added, ‘Asteral’s offer gave us some invaluable options. Asteral’s pricing structure allowed us to pick and choose the cover levels for each item of equipment, ensuring a bespoke offer that meets clinical needs whilst optimising value for money.’

For more information on Asteral’s maintenance services please call 0118 900 8100.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust renews maintenance contract with Asteral

Asteral is pleased to announce that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has renewed its Asteral Protect service for a further three years. The new managed maintenance contract for diagnostic imaging equipment has been agreed via the London Procurement Partnership framework, and is further to the success of the previous two-year service which began in April 2012.

The new Asteral Protect contract will provide the Trust with further cost savings and operational benefits including: unique vendor-neutral procurement expertise and advice; a single point-of-contact service centre for all service requests; guaranteed uptime; and improved detailed reporting on equipment performance.

Asteral Protect gives the flexibility to customise maintenance services to meet the clinical and financial needs of the service leads and Lancashire joins a growing number of Trusts who are realising the savings that Asteral can offer them. Asteral now delivers its maintenance service to ten NHS Trusts in over eighteen hospital sites.

Jason Long, Business Development Director at Asteral said: “Asteral is delighted with the award of this contract – the renewal serves as testament to the success of Asteral’s Protect service and competitive pricing. Asteral’s range of services delivers measurable cost and efficiency savings for the management and maintenance of critical medical equipment.  Hospitals are able to make vital savings on their non-pay spend and remodel the way they plan the maintenance of their medical facilities, achieving improved efficiency and productivity.”

King Edward VII’s Hospital renews maintenance contract with Asteral

Asteral, the UK’s leading vendor-independent provider of managed equipment and managed maintenance services to the healthcare industry is pleased to announce that King Edward VII’s Hospital in London has renewed its managed maintenance service, Asteral Protect, for a further two-years.

The new two-year service for diagnostic imaging equipment is further to the success of a previous three-year managed maintenance service which began in April 2011.
Asteral Protect will provide the hospital with both cost savings and operational benefits including a single point-of-contact service centre for all service requests, guaranteed uptime, and detailed vendor-neutral reporting on equipment performance.

King Edward VII’s Hospital joins a growing number of healthcare providers who are realising the potential savings that Asteral Protect can offer them.

Jason Long, Business Development Director at Asteral said: “Asteral is delighted with the award of King Edward VII’s Hospital maintenance contract: this renewal serves as testament to the success of Asteral’s Protect service. Asteral’s range of services delivers measurable cost and efficiency savings for the maintenance of critical medical equipment. Hospitals are able to make vital savings on their non-pay spend and remodel the way they plan the maintenance of their medical facilities, achieving better efficiency and productivity.”

To learn more about Asteral Protect , or to request a comparative quotation for equipment maintenance, please call 0118 900 8100.