London hospitals award Siemens £300m medical technology deal
16 May 2006
Barts Hospital and The Royal London Hospital have awarded
Siemens a 35-year contract to supply the latest medical technology in a deal
worth more than £300 million.
Siemens will supply state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology
in the radiology, cardiology and oncology departments of the two hospitals.
Siemens will begin installing equipment in late 2009 and will be responsible
for ensuring the hospitals have the latest technology until 2045.
The new Royal London Hospital
Barts will become a Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence with the bulk
of care provided in a new eight-storey, state-of-the-art facility. Most of
the services currently provided at The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal
Green will also move to Barts.
Clinical services at The Royal London,
including London’s leading trauma centre, the capital’s second biggest
children’s hospital and one of Europe’s largest renal units, will be brought
together in a new landmark 18-storey building.
“By combining innovative
medical technologies and powerful IT for process optimization, we can
enhance efficiency in healthcare dramatically, helping to improve the
quality of patient care while reducing its costs”, said Dr. Volker Wetekam,
head of Global Solutions within Siemens Medical Solutions.
“Keeping pace with the development of modern technology usually is a
continuous challenge for healthcare providers, but through this partnership
Siemens will provide a secure foundation for the
hospital trust and clinicians”, added Günter Dombrowe, UK managing director
of Siemens Medical Solutions.
Paul White, chief executive of Barts and The
London NHS Trust said: “The redevelopment of Barts Hospital and The Royal
London Hospital will deliver world-class medical facilities for the people
of East London and beyond. This is an important milestone in the history of
Construction of the new hospitals will begin in the coming
weeks and the new facilities are expected to become fully operational in