The University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) NHS Trust recently undertook a major redevelopment of its hospitals, opening a brand new, 768 bed, multi-million pound hospital and consolidating services from the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, the City General and Central Out-patients onto the City General campus.
The Client's Needs
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics was awarded the tender to provide four ADVIA 2400 and two ADVIA Centaur® XP systems. Both the ADVIA 2400 and ADVIA Centaur XP analysers require a supply of highly pure water, and there was concern that the centralised water system may not be able to provide water of sufficiently high purity, or to meet the laboratory's need for 100 % uptime. Veolia Water Technologies has a long- standing relationship with Siemens, and had already developed a duplex water purification system - an essential requirement if analyzer downtime is to be avoided - that specifically supports automated equipment from Siemens.
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