Hobart has described the healthcare sector its “absolute number one priority” across both its service and equipment divisions as it joins in the fight against coronavirus.
As the hardest hit public sector institutions, the requirements of both hospitals and care homes are now central to Hobart’s ongoing policy.
Last month, the Peterborough manufacturer created a UK-wide engineer taskforce of service professionals who have volunteered to remain operational, ensuring a priority service to key worker sites.
Alongside this, Hobart now has a significant stockholding of specialist machines capable of sterilising ware.
Demand for such machines from both catering equipment dealers and end-users has spiked drastically in the past fortnight, according to the firms.
The engineer taskforce – many of whom have volunteered to work out of their normal shift patterns and on days-off to ensure support and coverage – has received specialist training to understand how to operate safely in ‘at risk’ Covid-19 sites and been working in the field for the past month.
“The healthcare sector is now our absolute number one priority and we’re obviously part of a much larger supply chain, with the heroes at the very top,” said David Riley, managing director of Hobart’s equipment division.
“But if we can retain our robustness, plan properly and flex when necessary, we have a key role – an obligation – in keeping healthcare sites across the UK operational.”
Engineers have been working throughout the UK to keep equipment operational, providing an immediate response to repair dishwashing equipment used on Covid-19 wards and other hospital locations.
Keith Mackie, managing director of Hobart’s service division, said the company’s engineers were giving everything they can to keep these sites operational at the most critical of times.
“I want to personally thank each and every one of them and the entire Hobart team for rolling with the punches and going above and beyond for a sector in desperate need. There’s lots more to do, and we’ll continue to approach this unprecedented challenge in as innovative a way as we can.”