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Dumfries & Galloway Hospital Old Site Generating Income
From Old Disused Medical Equipment

Commercial Catering Equipment Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary


Hundreds of patients and staff relocated from the former Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to a new state-of-the-art facility with the same name over four days in December 2017.

This was a well-planned operation, and in order to ensure minimal disruption to the care that the Royal Infirmary provides a lot of the services, amenities and equipment needed to be in place before the movement of people began.

This method presents both problems and opportunities alike. A purpose-built site kitted out with new equipment, purchased specifically for the application, means that the highest standard of care can be given to the patients. This method also means that procurement of new equipment could be factored into the budget for the new site. On top of this, the resale of the equipment at the former hospital site, which has since been redeveloped as Mountainhall Treatment Centre, will generate significant revenue to support patient services.

A lot of equipment cannot be moved across to the new site as some of it has been installed in situ , such as dental suites that are fixed into a room. Some equipment is very fragile and the chances of it getting damaged with the move are quite high. Equipment like beds have a short lifespan and don’t retain material value, as buying new with delivery costs included is so cost effective. Also, all of the patient suites at the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary site are private single occupancy rooms, designed with the patients’ wellbeing in mind. The old ward style beds simply have no place in the new system. Some equipment has resided at the old site because essential services had to remain, right up until the last patient left the premises on Monday the 12th December 2017. Along with the large variety of medical and nursing home equipment there is a large variety of high-quality commercial catering equipment that has provided sustenance for the patients, staff and visitors over the years.


Medical Equipment Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary


The question is what to do with the surplus equipment that cannot be transferred across to the new site following the move? The Hilditch Group will be holding a public auction of this equipment on Wednesday the 13th of November. Customers will not only come from Scotland, but all around the globe to purchase this vast quantity of quality equipment.

The medical equipment being sold from the old site will generally find its way to small hospitals and private trusts. Private distributors will buy used medical equipment, export and resell it to hospitals in countries where relatively cheap equipment is in high demand. As there is a large number of high-quality beds, furniture and fittings, this is ideal for smaller nursing homes to fit out their facilities. The large quantity of high-quality commercial catering equipment is ideal for fitting out small chains of restaurants and public houses as there is a range of similar items. For example there are several 10-grid combi-ovens, different types of refrigeration solutions and commercial serveries.


Nursing Home Equipment Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary


The four-day migration of staff and patients in 2017 was undertaken through a partnership involving NHS Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Ambulance Service, Dumfries and Galloway Council, police and fire services. It has been the biggest undertaking in the history of the Health Board.

With its honey coloured façade and stone finishes, the award-winning design of the new £212 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary the new site has successfully met its initial aim of satisfying the increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of the region's ageing population. The concept was to keep the feel and atmosphere of that of a ‘garden hospital’, to fit in with the rural surroundings of the greenfield site it is situated on. The new site has 63,500sqm of space scientifically designed to emphasise the outdoor space to promote wellbeing of its patients. The new design ensures positivity of mind for staff and patients alike as there are 17 courtyards and gardens.

This holistic approach to patient respite continues through to the 344 en suite single-occupancy bedrooms, created to ensure privacy, allowing each patient to recover at their own rate. Social spaces are open and light, and have been designed to encourage public circulation and exercise, allowing interaction between staff and patients. The single occupancy rooms have allowed the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary to have a more flexible approach towards visiting hours. As such, there are no specific visiting hours and visitors are able to come and go as they wish.

The design of Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary houses day case and inpatient surgical suites, an emergency care centre, ambulatory care centre, specialist oncology, maternity and paediatric facilities. Sitting harmoniously amongst its surroundings, no wonder it won the Design Excellence Award at the Health Facilities Scotland conference.