Belfast Telegraph

Healthcare firm on the move with new mobile unit

By Heather McGarrigle

A Co Down healthcare company has partnered with a leading provider of mobile health units, in a move it says will help health authorities on this island to be more flexible.

Primary Care Northern Ireland Limited (PCNI), based in Newtownards, have negotiated a deal with Gloucester-based Vanguard Healthcare to implement its healthcare solutions throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The two companies believe the joint project will assist healthcare authorities north and south of the border as they strive for reform and modernisation.

With waiting lists a priority, they feel mobile facilities can provide both nations with a "flexible and cost-effective solution", which could increase hospital capacity and provide alternative facilities during refurbishments.

It is also described as being a potentially valuable service in rural parts of the country, with its ability to treat patients in remote locations.

Jim Symington, a director of PCNI, said: "Vanguard's operating theatres, recovery wards, endoscopy suites and outpatient units are all truly mobile and able to relocate to most places in the island of Ireland within one day."

Vanguard already work with the NHS in other parts of the UK and their chief executive is Belfast-born Ian Gillespie.

He said the partnership was "personally satisfying" given his Northern Ireland roots and that the goal was "to provide innovative healthcare solutions irrespective of borders".

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