We’ve seen many positive news stories emerge from the mix of crisis and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They’re stories of people helping each other, showing support for the NHS and finding creative ways of coming together while sticking to social distancing guidelines.
Node4 customers are no different. Several of our customers are lending a helping hand to the NHS, offering up resources for patient care, providing transport for staff and goods, and even supplying new virus testing equipment. Other customers are thinking up new ways to provide goods and services, so that we can all still access them while staying at home.
Here are just a few of our customer stories…
BMI Healthcare has partnered with the NHS to offer all of their bed capacity (including Intensive Care beds) to the NHS in support of the fight against Covid-19.
The agreement provides additional capacity for urgent and important treatments that normally take place in NHS hospitals.
Clipper Logistics have ramped up operations to increase deliveries to Tesco and Asda, helping to keep the supply chain moving and ensure that shelves are full.
They’re also managing a new supply channel to deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS trusts and community healthcare partners, enabling the NHS Supply Chain to focus on non-PPE supplies which are also under pressure.
Doctorlink provide essential symptom analysis services to over 1,000 GP practices and have rolled out Covid-19 detection updates to their software.
They continue to update their software’s algorithms in light of new discoveries and guidance on the virus, in order to support Government advice and help patients stay safe and well.
Healthcare at Home
Healthcare at Home is ramping up operations and taking on temporary staff.
They say that "The NHS is relying on Healthcare at Home to deliver critically needed medicines and nursing services to over 190,000 patients."
Nuffield Health have made all of their 31 hospitals available to NHS trusts across England, Scotland and Wales to support patients with coronavirus (Covid-19), cancer and other urgent health conditions.
Nuffield Health have also made 14 of their nurseries open to provide free childcare to NHS and other key workers and are reviewing how their workforce across its network of fitness and wellbeing clubs and clinics can support the NHS.
During lockdown, Motorpoint is trying to minimise disruption to customers’ lives by setting up a free home delivery service in place of showroom collection.
Customers can now have cars delivered to their door at a date and time that suits them.
Stagecoach have revised their timetables, following Government advice to stay at home and only travel for essential journeys.
Their revised routes take into account the needs of their communities; in particular, they’re trying to keep critical routes running for NHS and key workers.
University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham – along with Nottingham Trent University - have prepped 16 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing machines to support virus testing efforts.
Also, over 600 students from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham have volunteered to help local hospitals, support NHS staff and researchers responding to requests from the Government.
To all of our customers who have stepped up to help society and their own customers, we’d like to say we’re incredibly proud to be working with you! However you’re adapting in response to Covid-19, we’re here to help you keep your IT – and your business operations – running effectively.