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NHS trusts and private hospitals preparing for the influx of Coronavirus patients are being offered a comprehensive package of support by medical construction and engineering company, MIG.

The COVID-19 outbreak may require buildings such as hotels, leisure centres and other public buildings to be converted into temporary healthcare facilities. The pandemic also increases the need for stand-alone, isolated facilities.

Manchester-based company MIG says that it is able to complete a full range of modular building and modular extension fit outs in a matter of weeks. This includes patient wards, operating theatres, intensive care units, A&E departments and cleanrooms.

It can also deliver standalone facilities such as treatment clinics, mortuaries, refrigerated body storage containers, self-contained manifold and plant pods, welfare units and containerised dental facilities. Support starts with initial project consultation and specification and can end with a ready-to-use facility for medical staff.

Carl Mitten, director at MIG, said: “In what is the worst public health crisis for a generation, supporting the NHS is at the forefront of our mind. We work alongside specialist healthcare facility manufacturers on a national basis and can deliver entire turn-key projects to extremely tight timescales.

“With time and capacity two major pressures on the system, we are in a position to help trusts prepare quickly and to the highest British and global engineering standards.”

Hospitals can also rely on MIG to test whether their Piped Oxygen Systems meet government COVID-19 guidelines. In addition, the company can help with installation of temporary medical gas supplies and equipment required to carry out medical procedures and help with ongoing patient care.

This includes testing designated Coronavirus patient areas for oxygen flow suitability, as well as flow tests that measure static pressures before and after test and flows introduced to the calculated amount. Comprehensive reporting is included for both tests.

Mr Mitten said: “We have completed testing on several hospitals. In discussions with specialist Chest Consultants it became immediately apparent that CPAP will come into play on patients that have passed into the critical stage of the disease.

“The results we have to date clearly indicate that some of the designated areas will not support the required flow should CPAP be a requirement. In these cases, we have provided the solution to allow the designated area to be used.”

With knowledge-sharing an extremely important part of the fight against the Coronavirus, MIG also offers a range of management services designed to help the wider healthcare industry.

This includes initial project consultation and specification, management of all types of medical installation contractors and project management and consultancy services – available in person, over the telephone or via video conferencing.

Mr Mitten added: “The MIG management team members have more than four decades’ experience of working on the specification and installation of healthcare facilities both in the UK and across the world. We are ready to help support NHS trusts in whatever way they need.”

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