Royal appointment for South Tyneside firm

A South Tyneside medical gas firm has completed its third specialist contract at a major North East hospital.

Opus Medigas engineers at work at Sunderland Royal Hospital
Opus Medigas engineers at work at Sunderland Royal Hospital

Opus Medigas designs, supplies and installs delivery systems and equipment to supply medical gas to patients.

The firm recently helped with upgrades to the bowel screening and critical care units at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.

Sunderland Royal Hospital A and E

Now it has completed a contract for the major upgrade and extension of the Emergency Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Managing Director David Prior said: “The new emergency department at Sunderland Royal provides first-class emergency facilities for local residents, so our dedicated medical engineering team were delighted to be a part of the project team.

“Our medical gas specialists worked closely with construction colleagues to connect the critical-to-life air and gas systems to the hospital’s overall distribution systems, whilst ensuring there was no disruption to other departments, treatment areas and patient care throughout the project.”

The £18million re-development of Sunderland’s emergency department provides an improved arrival point, reception and waiting areas, new assessment, consultation and treatment areas, specialist rooms for resuscitation and isolation as well as X-Ray, ultra-sound, a high dependency unit, laboratories and pharmacy.

Sunderland Royal Hospital A and E

The upgrade also includes a new dedicated paediatric emergency department.

Opus Medigas installed the specialist medical gas delivery systems required in the new department for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

The Boldon firm installed oxygen medical air and vacuum systems to all patient areas to ensure critical-to-life medical gases are available immediately at the point of care.

The firm installed more than 2,000m of specialist pipework as well as alarms, to monitor each individual gas system and ensure staff can be confident everything is functioning as required.

Sunderland Royal Hospital’s former A&E department was built in 1978 – the new Emergency Department will help it handle the growing number of patients in an improved environment.