Checkit has donated technology to support the rapid set-up and safe operation of NHS Nightingale hospitals across the UK.

The company installed its Automated Monitoring + system at the first Nightingale hospital, at ExCeL London, directly contributing to the provision of urgent care to Covid-19 patients.

The system (formerly known as Tutela Medical Monitoring) has helped protect medicines and other critical assets from temperature variations, reduce the manual burden on staff and maintain the highest storage standards in accordance with CQC and HTA requirements. A team of Checkit engineers was mobilised in a matter of hours to design and install the system. 

John Pitcher, Chair of the Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology, who has been coordinating storage facilities at the London site, paid tribute to Checkit’s accelerated support. “I thank the team for their incredible contribution in extremely difficult circumstances. The project was completed quickly and will provide vital reassurance as we manage the healthcare demands of the coming weeks and months,” he said.

Checkit discussed similar deployments with Nightingale Hospital North West, at the Manchester Central conference centre, and the Midlands Nightingale which was set up at Birmingham NEC.

The aim is to ensure critical medicines, reagents and samples are protected from potentially damaging temperature variations.

The company has also offered to donate its advanced monitoring technology to further Nightingale hospitals planned for Harrogate Convention Centre and the University of West England, in Bristol.

Keith Daley, Executive Chairman of Checkit, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with the NHS, having installed technology at over 300 hospital sites in the UK. We didn’t think twice about offering our unconditional support to the field hospitals being established in record time to help the country cope with the scale of the Covid-19 crisis.”

“Digital tools are proving to be an invaluable resource in enabling the courageous and dedicated NHS workforce to rapidly meet the unprecedented demands being placed upon them. In this extraordinary period, we must all stand together. Collaboration is key.”

Phil Douglas, Operations Manager at Checkit, added: “Our engineering team acted without hesitation in providing UKAS calibrated sensors at short notice. They worked closely with the local NHS IT team to connect to the secure network and ensure all points were monitored in real time. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to provide direct assistance that will help the heroic medical teams who are caring for patients around the clock.”