Expands the present NHS Fife’s cordless infrastructure
Intelligent IT and Communications offerings provider NEC IT Solutions has been awarded with a communications infrastructure contract worth £1m by NHS Fife Victoria Hospital in Scotland, which opened in December 2011.
Under the contract, NEC will provide a rounded healthcare offering including complete voice and data infrastructure with a LAN, WLAN and Data Centre offering, as well as wireless communications, digital signage, IPTV and radio throughout the hospital, and an intercom offering in the A&E department.
The NEC offering expands the present cordless infrastructure from the existing platform implemented by NEC at Fife’s Queen Margaret hospital and the retained estate of the Victoria Hospital into the new wing.
The expanded cordless infrastructure provides full cordless coverage throughout the Victoria hospital site, whilst at the same time future proofing Fife’s previous major investment in equipment, handsets and licences as well as enabling users to roam seamlessly between sites.
In addition, the new system also enables significant benefits such as peer to peer VoIP, Fixed Mobile Convergence and Unified Communications, all of which help in reducing costs and help NHS Fife capitalise on existing investments.
NEC is also providing the new wing at Victoria hospital with digital signage, which will provide information alerts to visitors at the hospital, and will also implement IPTV and radio throughout the hospital as well as an A&E offering which provides a specialist communication offering for the accident and emergency department, supplying an intercom that links all members of the department for ease and speed of response in times of emergency.
NHS Fife eHealth head Donald Wilson said NHS already have a strong working relationship with NEC from previous projects and NEC have an excellent understanding of NHS technology requirements and of the challenges NHS face as an organisation.
"NEC’s heritage gives us a great deal of confidence in their ability to implement the new infrastructure at the Victoria Hospital on time and within budget, ready for the opening in December this year," said Wilson.