Healthcare communications tech specialist, Static Systems Group, plays its part in the fight against Covid-19
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting increase in demand for its nurse call systems, healthcare communications and bedhead services specialist, Static Systems Group (SSG), has boosted production capacity at its manufacturing base near Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, as well as investing in the rapid development of an off-the-shelf ‘wired’ nurse call solution.
“As a UK company that has worked in partnership with the NHS for many years, we believe we should be doing all we possibly can to support healthcare staff and improve the wellbeing of patients during this strange and uncertain period. We are determined to play our small part in mitigating the potential devastating effects of the pandemic,” comments SSG’s Commercial Director, Chris Turner.
“We are in the fortunate position of having our own internal technical teams and are able to manufacture the majority of our products in-house, including electronic circuit boards and enclosures. This gives us greater flexibility in being able to adapt and respond quickly to the needs of the healthcare sector as issues arise.”
In order to keep up with unprecedented demand, SSG’s operations and manufacturing processes have been completely overhauled and optimised, and the company has opened up additional manufacturing space to accommodate an extra production line for its wireless nurse call solution which has seen a ten-fold increase in demand.
The company has also adapted its working patterns, introducing extra shifts at its factory so that it can operate seven days a week, with staff working overtime, weekends and on bank holidays over the Easter period to meet demand for Covid-19 related products, but to also ensure that it continues to meet its existing pre-Covid-19 order book commitments.
These changes are enabling SSG to work with many hospitals to meet what would ordinarily seem like impossible delivery timescales. The Covid-19 pandemic has already seen SSG’s expertise brought in to assist on over 30 projects.
The development of a new rapid to install ‘wired’ nurse call system to sit alongside existing product ranges comes as a direct response to help support trusts that are quickly expanding their care facilities to treat Covid-19 patients.
Turner explains: “We have never before witnessed such high demand for temporary and emergency ‘out-of-the-box’ hospital communication systems, and with more and more trusts looking to recommission previously mothballed hospital wards, extend existing ward capacity and build entirely new hospitals, demand for this type of solution is, sadly, only expected to rise.
Turner concludes: “Through the commitment, passion and dedication of our employees - supported by our remote working and connected technology platforms - we will continue to provide the levels of service and support that our customers and users of our systems expect and deserve. Our regional account management team – supported by our in-house technical teams – are available to offer support and guidance on nurse call and bedhead trunking solutions during these challenging times.”
The manufacturing part of the business is supported by a 45-strong team of engineers based around the UK, equipped with equipment spares to meet service and project needs.