In April Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received the amazing donation of a Smartfiller machine from Runcorn-based Fresenius Kabi Ltd.
This Smartfiller machine was donated to the Pharmacy Department last month and is now being put to work by the team in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
“We are so grateful for this amazing donation. This is a new piece of equipment for our department which is designed to fill syringes of different sizes with medicine so we can supply the clinical teams with a ‘Ready to Administer’ product that does not require further manipulation at the patient’s bedside.
“It allows us to efficiently and safely fill syringes in line with manufacturing and clinical requirements, which can be supplied around the Trust,” said Shakeel Herwitker, Head of Manufacturing Services in the Pharmacy Department.
Liverpool University Hospitals has a long standing relationship with Fresenius Kabi, which is based locally in Runcorn, as the Trust routinely purchases a number of medicines from the company which are then used across the hospital sites.
Professor Alison Ewing, Clinical Director of Pharmacy, said: “This is such a difficult time for us in the NHS and this generous gesture from Fresenius Kabi shows how well the NHS and industry can work together for the benefit of patients. It will make such a difference to the outcome for many patients.”
Fresenius Kabi's Managing Director, Niamh Furey, said: "As an organisation we are committed to putting essential medicines and technologies in the hands of people who help patients and we are delighted to have been able to support a local NHS Trust with this donation."