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 towers

The new Royal London Hospital towers

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 our hospitals.”

Construction of the new hospitals will begin in the coming weeks and the new facilities are expected to become fully operational in 2016.

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