Chelt IT company builds new network for Nightingale Hospital, Brum


Cheltenham-based IT services company, Axonex, has designed and built a completely new network for the emergency deployment of the NHS Nightingale Hospital at its Birmingham site in response to Covid-19.

NHS Nightingale Birmingham provides an additional facility for patients with Covid-19, helping to ensure there is enough critical care capacity within the system. The facility will initially provide 500 beds, with the capacity to scale up to 4,000 beds.

Nightingale Hospital BirminghamAxonex was already working with The NEC on a number of projects, including a network transformation project across its entire UK estate. To help the NEC in their additional requirement for NHS Nightingale, the company was asked to build a network that was scalable to support the required capacity but also a fully resilient, medical-grade solution.

Setting up these facilities is an enormous organisational challenge. Alongside the NEC, University Hospital Birmingham, MOD and other providers, the Axonex team worked to have the network solution up and running in less than two weeks.

Andy Peters-Smith, MD at Axonex, said: “In difficult times, it’s been fantastic to see the teams at Axonex and The NEC dedicate themselves to this project. I am immensely proud of our team for their support and dedication, especially given the risks around social distancing during these worrying times. Yet we know our role is a small piece of the puzzle compared to all the medical staff on the frontline and many others working around the clock to complete a project that would normally take months, even years. These organisations and individuals have come together to work collaboratively as we work towards the collective goal. Our admiration and respect go to all the medical staff dedicated in providing the highest standard of care to those that desperately need their help in these difficult times.”