UK hospitals have received over 10,000 medical oxygen hoses, valued at just over £370,000, from BPR Medical and the UK Government.
Vital pieces of equipment for respiratory care, the hoses are used to connect respiratory equipment like ventilators and anaesthetic machines.
The equipment was originally ordered and paid for by the Cabinet Office for the Ventilator Challenge programme at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, as the demand for new ventilators did not reach the expected levels, the hoses were no longer required.
That being said, the NHS needs to replace tens of thousands of oxygen hoses every year so BPR offered to send the devices to Hospital Trusts across the UK free of charge.
Richard Radford, Managing Director, BPR Medical, commented, “When we were first contacted to support the ventilator challenge, we were keen to play our part in the national effort. So, when the equipment was no longer needed, we worked with the Cabinet Office and offered to go the extra mile to dispatch it to hospitals.
“It’s a win-win situation. Patients and Trusts benefit from high quality respiratory equipment and the Government’s investment is redirected to the NHS.”
Work to contact all 176 Trusts started in August 2020, with sales and customer service personnel contacting medical engineers across the country by phone.
BPR also created a team to fulfil the requests as they were received. In total 121 Trusts placed orders for 10,770 hoses, ranging in length from one to six metres.
Senior Medical Devices Technician John Itter from Salisbury Hospital, one of those who benefited from the donation programme, welcomed the delivery, “The hoses are vital pieces of equipment for delivering oxygen to patients,” he said.
“Quality is key as they receive a lot of wear and tear in a demanding environment, but nevertheless they still need replacing from time to time. We’re delighted that BPR rose to the challenge and that the equipment is being repurposed for the benefit of patients and the Trust.”