Communications integrator Affiniti is delivering a service to install and manage the lifecycle of the entire communications system for the new £553 million University Hospital in Birmingham (UHB). The twelve-year PFI contract, worth £20 million, will see Affiniti design, build and manage the system, and periodically refresh the technology to ensure that UHB becomes and remains exemplary in the services it offers staff and patients.
Affiniti was selected as the preferred technology provider by Balfour Beatty’s PPP/PFI healthcare arm, Consort Healthcare and UHB’s ICT Services department, following a rigorous procurement and approval process. The communications service is part of a larger project, which sees the construction of the first new general hospital in Birmingham for 70 years. It is central to the reconfiguration of hospital services and the improvement of clinical facilities in the region.
The five-phase project will see Affiniti take control of the current Cisco and Siemens network by the end of 2006. As the new hospital units are built, Affiniti will be responsible for deploying, maintaining and managing all communications requirements. The infrastructure will underpin a broad range of services within the hospital, including internal and external communications, facilities management, medical equipment and clinical applications.