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Mansfield firm supplies NHS field hospitals

Posted onPosted on 19th May

Mansfield-based Deanestor, one of the UK’s leading furniture and fit out specialists, has provided clinical equipment to three of the new NHS field hospitals – in Harrogate, Glasgow and Birmingham.

Two projects were completed for principal contractor BAM Construct UK and with architects BDP, supplying a total of 12 lorry loads of specialist equipment to the Harrogate Convention Centre, which was converted into an NHS Nightingale Hospital.

Clinical workbenches and modular storage units totalling 500 items were offloaded, unpacked and delivered just 48 hours after receiving each instruction. This project has delivered a 500-bed level-three critical care field hospital for COVID-19 patients for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

At the Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow, Deanestor worked with principal contractor Balfour Beatty plc, and Robertson Group, Graham Group and Kier Group, supplying a range of specialist clinical equipment including healthcare benching, drug cabinets, medi rails and storage solutions. These were delivered from the factory in Mansfield in just a few days.

The NEC in Birmingham was also converted into a new Nightingale field hospital, designed by BDP, to provide additional capacity for the NHS with clinical space for 800 patients. Working with Interserve for University Hospitals Birmingham, Deanestor supplied specialist clinical equipment including workbenches and storage space, which were delivered to site within 24 hours of receiving the instruction.

William Tonkinson, managing director of Deanestor, said: “We were very pleased to be part of the fantastic work that has been underway across the UK to support our NHS. A huge thank you to our logistics, despatch and fitout teams for making these projects happen in just a few days and in some cases working over weekends. The level of collaboration and speed of each project was incredible and is a credit to everyone involved and the UK construction industry.”

Work has been continuing and accelerating on other Deanestor healthcare projects. At the £350 million Grange University Hospital in South Wales, Laing O’Rourke made 384 new inpatient beds available a year ahead of schedule. To help achieve this, Deanestor installed over 1,000 soap and towel dispensers and 263 PPE centres, and manufactured and fitted 48 HTM 71 pharmaceutical storage solutions, all in less than three weeks.

Also for Laing O’Rourke, Deanestor’s furniture and fit-out services contributed to the early completion of 150 much-needed hospital beds at the Royal Liverpool Hospital project.

Originally established in 1948 to manufacture hospital furniture for the newly established NHS, Deanestor is a market leading supplier of fixtures, fittings and equipment, manufacturing bespoke furniture for hospitals and laboratories. It offers inhouse design services to meet specific project requirements and is responsible for installation to provide a seamless approach and a single point of contact for main contractors and construction clients.