Partition supplier Westgate helps to mobilise off and on-site hospital wards as part of efforts to fight COVID-19

131
0

Partitioning solutions supplier Westgate has teamed up with two other businesses to help support the mobilisation off on and off-site hospital wards – as part of the fight against COVID-19.

The Stafford business has partnered with Cambridge-based Accora and Maxwood Washrooms, in London, to form Wardfast.

Together the organisations will provide a rapid deployment ward solution – comprising of Hoardfast walls, medical-grade treatment beds and hand sanitation units – to support the NHS, healthcare and construction sectors to set up much-needed hospital wards within weeks.

Inside one of the hospital wards using equipment supplied by Wardfast

It comes as the number of deaths from coronavirus continues to rise – with almost 3,000 reported in the UK alone.

A number of key hospitals and trusts across the UK and Ireland have already purchased Wardfast to deliver their temporary hospital wards.

And Hoardfast – Westgate’s sustainable PVC screening product – has recently been approved for use by the NHS following a recent trial.

John Gates, a partner at Westgate, said: “The main purpose of Wardfast is to allow a ward to be rapidly deployed and set up quickly in any type of environment, from an exhibition hall to a temporary external building.

“We felt compelled to see how our Hoardfast product and a key partnership with Accora and Maxwood could ensure the NHS has the essential space and facilities required to deliver COVID-19 care, with the flexibility to adapt as the patient population changes.”

Wesgate is a family-run business which has been based in Stafford since 1977.

It was launched by Derrick Gates whose sons John, Gerrard and Edward Gates are now partners at the company.

Westgate partners, brothers John Gates, Gerrard Gates and Edward Gates.
Westgate partners, brothers John Gates, Gerrard Gates and Edward Gates.

The company – which boasts a workforce of more than 60 staff – specialises in the supply of temporary industrial partitions and construction and fit-out hoarding screens for customers across the UK and Europe.

It works with large brands across a range of manufacturing industries including automotive and aerospace, pharmaceutical, food and beverage and warehousing and logistics.

The firm also services the construction and fit out sectors for healthcare, airport, retail, education and leisure which is where its Hoardfast product is predominantly used.

Medical equipment manufacturer Accora has designed and manufactured a new medical-grade hospital bed in an effort to tackle the shortage.

Tim Drake, Accora’s business operations director, said: “We’re passionate about what we have achieved in a short space of time and our partnership shows how businesses can innovate and come together to deliver solutions that will help support our government and NHS, providing much needed space and facilities to deliver the care required for our nation.”

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here