Siemens AG Medical Solutions

Siemens secures £300 million deal to supply medical technology

Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply the latest medical technology to Barts Hospital and The Royal London Hospital for 35 years. The deal, worth more than £300 million, will involve Siemens supplying state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology in the radiology, cardiology and oncology departments of the two hospitals. Siemens will begin installing equipment in late 2009 and will be responsible for ensuring the hospitals have the latest technology until 2045.

Barts will become a Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence with the bulk of care provided in a new eight-storey, state-of-the-art facility. Most of the services currently provided at The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green will also move to Barts. Clinical services at The Royal London, including London’s leading trauma centre, the capital’s second biggest children’s hospital and one of Europe’s largest renal units, will be brought together in a new landmark 18-storey building. The redevelopment programme – Britain’s biggest hospital redevelopment – will transform The Royal London and Barts completely.

“By combining innovative medical technologies and powerful IT for process optimization, we can enhance efficiency in healthcare dramatically, helping to improve the quality of patient care while reducing its costs”, said Dr. Volker Wetekam, head of Global Solutions within Siemens Medical Solutions. “Our innovations deliver major clinical improvements for patients as well as financial benefits for hospital trusts.” Imaging systems, when combined with electronic patient records, for instance, help drive the improvements required to meet Government targets. “Keeping pace with the development of modern technology usually is a continuous challenge for healthcare providers, but through this partnership Siemens will provide a secure foundation for the hospital trust and clinicians”, added Günter Dombrowe, UK managing director of Siemens Medical Solutions.

Paul White, chief executive of Barts and The London NHS Trust said: “The redevelopment of Barts Hospital and The Royal London Hospital will deliver world-class medical facilities for the people of East London and beyond. This is an important milestone in the history of our hospitals.”

Construction of the new hospitals will begin in the coming weeks and the new facilities are expected to become fully operational in 2016. High resolution images (artist impressions) of the new hospital buildings are available to download from the Internet at www.bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk/formedia/media_images.

Barts and The London NHS Trust is one of the UK’s leading teaching hospital trusts. It comprises Barts in Smithfield, The Royal London in Whitechapel and The London Chest in Bethnal Green. For further information about Barts and The London NHS Trust contact the Press Office on tel. 020 7480 4891/ 4892/ 4843.

Siemens Medical Solutions is one of the world’s largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. The company is known for bringing together innovative medical technologies, healthcare information systems, management consulting, and support services, to help customers achieve tangible, sustainable, clinical and financial outcomes. From imaging systems for diagnosis, to therapy equipment for treatment, to patient monitors to hearing instruments and beyond, Siemens innovations contribute to the health and well-being of people across the globe, while improving operational efficiencies and optimizing workflow in hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, and doctors' offices. Employing approximately 33.000 people worldwide and operating in more than 120 countries, Siemens Medical Solutions reported sales of 7.6 billion EUR, orders of 8.6 billion EUR and group profit of about 1 billion EUR for fiscal 2005 (preliminary figures). Further information can be found under: www.siemens.com/medical.