More catering equipment suppliers and manufacturers are turning towards the healthcare industry to aid in the battle against coronavirus.
For instance, Pitstone-based RH Hall has stepped up production to cope with increased demand while it supports NHS staff and patients in the fight against Covid-19.
Multiple batches of its iWave and Maestrowave professional microwaves are being shipped out to set up feed stations within hours.
RH Hall’s exclusive brands are in stock for nationwide next day delivery, with over £2m’s worth of stock held for all bestselling lines. These critical lines also include Sharp microwave feeding stations, Soup Server feeding stations, portable hand wash and janitorial sinks and Simply Stainless modular fabrication.
In contrast, Ali Group cooking equipment brand Baron has closed most of its production in Italy until 10 April and is now only operational to supply equipment for critical sectors
General manager Marco D’Ambrogio said: “During this period of limited operation of the production site, the commercial offices will still be up and running, so please contact us for any requests you may have, by mail or phone. Incoming orders will be processed and entered, giving priority to supplies for essential needs.
“The technical assistance service is also operating as normal. The Ali Parts spare parts service is operational for cases of vital importance.”
Back in the UK, tableware specialist Nevilles is now offering a reduced service to its distributor customers who have requirements for the NHS, MOD, care homes and sectors supporting these vital functions.
The firm tweeted: “For orders placed on a Tuesday, we will be able to pick and pack these, ready for collection or despatch on Thursday. Manual orders emailed to us can be placed up to 4pm, however orders can be placed up to 5pm on the website.”
Nevilles also emphasised: “We are working with a reduced staffing level at this time. Staff that are working are, where possible, working from home. Those staff that are working at Nevilles’ premises, our primary concern is to protect them, so we are enforcing good social distancing and following government protocol.”
Elsewhere, NWCE Foodservice Equipment has assisted at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, as it created several new wards within a week to treat Covid-19 patients. MD Ben Odling reported: “Along with our partner Meiko UK we have supplied and installed three dishwashers for these wards – from survey to install and commission in 2 working days. Well done to everyone involved.”
Plus logistics specialist Keith Elkington Transport was involved in delivering vital refrigeration equipment to the new NHS Nightingale hospital set up in the London ExCeL conference centre.