JAG UFS had been Talley Group’s trusted logistics supplier for many years, and we were enlisted on the government procurement catalogue for COVID-19 services.
Talley Group in Hampshire are specialists in pressure relieving mattresses and cushions, electric bed frames, negative pressure wound therapy, IPC, and infection control.We needed to get 867 hospital beds to the new NHS Nightingale Hospital of the North East in Washington, Sunderland – a reserve facility for Coronavirus patients and other NHS Facilities in the area.
The Nightingale hospital of the North East is operated by Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was created to provide a safety net to ensure patients from across the North East would have access to hospital beds during the coronavirus crisis
The available stock was delivered urgently via our road freight service with additional beds being delivered in batches of 62 weekly over 10 weeks to ensure beds could be delivered to the NHS as soon as the manufacturing process would allow.
Health, military, construction and logistics teams worked tirelessly and all those involved were praised for their efforts with messages of support coming from Newcastle United Captain Alan Shearer and England cricketer Ben Stokes. The facility was officially opened by HRH Countess of Wessex with Ant & Dec broadcasting virtually in a video played during the ceremony.
“Of course, we all hope that these extra beds will not all have to be used but I know you built this facility in a way that means you can adapt the hospital to changing clinical needs as work through the emergency and into the recovery phase continues.”
Health Secretary Mr Hancock
NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens said “it makes complete sense to have this reserve capacity”. He warned “the reality is coronavirus is going to be with us for months if not years to come” and added the temporary hospital could play a role in convalescence and rehabilitation for patients with a range of illnesses.