Key members of Asteral at an open day

Leicester promotes Managed Equipment Services to the NHS

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust hosted a highly successful open day in May to promote awareness of Managed Equipment Services to 58 senior representatives from 28 Trusts from across the country.

Acting Director of Strategy for the Trust, Helen Seth explained that “since the MES with Asteral went live, it has contributed to a dramatic improvement in patient care with waiting times falling significantly. We wanted to share our learning and experiences with NHS colleagues so that other Trusts and patients can benefit from similar improvements. The transformation the MES has brought to operational efficiency and in turn to patient care was why our chairman, Martin Hindle, was keen to promote this way of working during the day.”

Since going live, Asteral manages 176 assets on behalf of UHL, of which 81 were replaced in the last 2 years. Average equipment uptime between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009 was an astonishing 99.37%.

Asteral’s General Manager at Leicester, Darren Woolley, explained that “our success comes from working closely with the Trust to understand their day-to-day needs and procuring the most appropriate, reliable equipment. By bringing certainty to equipment upgrades, Trust personnel can plan more efficiently and effectively and focus on optimising patient care.”

Ernie Thompson, Equipment and Contracts Manager at UHL said, “before deciding on an MES we asked ourselves three critical questions: how do we maximise equipment uptime, ensure appropriate life cycles for major clinical equipment and bring down patient waiting times? This led to an equipment strategy based on clinical choice, vendor independence, improved service delivery and guaranteed equipment uptimes. The MES with Asteral has delivered on all of these areas, significantly reduces risk to the Trust and allows us to focus on making dramatic improvements in patient care.”