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The dream becomes a reality for Newcastle General Hospital
H2O Networks provides the communication solution for the largest healthcare modernisation programme in the North East.
Data communication is now a critical component in the smooth running of our hospitals and healthcare system. Patient records, clinical data and appointment systems require a high speed, resilient network to transfer information between departments and hospital sites.
In one of the country’s largest healthcare modernisation programmes, this £304 million project will transfer the services currently provided at Newcastle General Hospital to two brand new, state-of-the-art facilities – The Freeman Hospital and the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
What was needed was the implementation of a fast, resilient and cost effective communications network to support an e-records system to cope with more than one million patients every year.
The two hospital sites were linked by a DARC fibre network to enable IT and telecoms networks with virtually unlimited bandwidth. A solution that supports 24-hour usage of a network that links all departments, housing between them around 12,000 staff working from 8,000 desktop computers. To ensure resilience of the system, not one but two 4km runs of cable were laid independently along a different route to guard
against accidental damage.
H2O Networks succeeded in delivering a communications infrastructure that offers world-class performance at a cost that is lower than the existing network provider, with built-in future proofing.
“In H2O Networks we have found a partner who understands our requirements and can create a bespoke communications infrastructure with the bandwidth and speed flexibility to enables us to scale up if and when we want to without increasing our future costs.”
Data and Telecommunications Network Manager