Covid-19: Essential services helping to keep our hospitals running

The Covid-19 pandemic is placing unprecedented pressure on healthcare facilities across the country.

During this crisis, ENGIE continues to provide the essential services to ensure hospital infrastructure remains operational and safe.  We are both proud of and thankful for the actions of each and every one of our 2,000 frontline colleagues, working tirelessly to support healthcare professionals across the 36 NHS hospitals we serve - by maintaining critical systems, keeping patients safe & secure and providing crucial cleaning services.

Beyond this ENGIE teams have been working closely with a number of NHS Trusts to directly support their responses against Covid-19. Examples include:

Supporting the creation of NHS Nightingale hospitals: At the new NHS Nightingale in London, ENGIE’s ExCeL energy centre team has moved to a 24/7 operation and worked around the clock to strengthen resilience of critical heating, cooling and powering systems. We have supported two further NHS Nightingale hospitals with ENGIE staff volunteering to help with the build in Manchester, and the provision of gas supply in Birmingham.  Similar action has also been taken to strengthen the resilience of our energy networks serving hospitals in Birmingham and Leeds.

Reconfiguring of space to provide additional critical care beds to support NHS demand: working with multiple trusts to repurpose areas to ensure they have capacity to meet Covid-19 demand. For example ENGIE has helped to create a significant number of additional critical care beds at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital in Birmingham along with the installation of extra oxygen and hand wash points. A similar project for Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield meant that extra critical care beds were made available in just four days. We have also helped hospitals to increase their mortuary capacity by installing additional refrigeration units. In Grimsby, ENGIE has helped ease pressure on NHS facilities by converting a 52-bed care home to a hospital for non-Covid patients. The work, carried out for North East Lincolnshire Council, was completed in just two weeks.