Shadow secretary of state Andy Burnham has visited the DiscreteHeat headquarters.
Also in attendance was Lee Panter from the NHS Technology Adoption Centre (NTAC) who is working with the company to understand and review the application with a view to producing literature for NHS organisations to support adoption in the health care sector.
The company’s ThermaSkirt has been specified on several new build and refurbishment projects in the NHS, but the scope for wider use of the product is huge.
Eliminating conventional radiators as the main remaining source of the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAI’s) would offer considerable savings for the NHS and also provide a significant improvement in patient care.
HCAI’s are estimated to cost the NHS an incredible £1billion a year, and the cost of correctly cleaning radiators in accordance with hospital guidelines adds another £500 million to the bill, the company states.
ThermaSkirt is designed to replace the skirting trim and radiators in one to provide an energy efficient radiant panel that is simply wiped clean when the floor is mopped, saving on cleaning cost as well as eliminating the super bugs from the hospital that harbour in conventional radiators.
Mr Burnham said: “This is a well-designed, locally made product that could bring significant benefits for the NHS. I hope to help open doors for Discrete Heat to achieve a greater awareness in the health service.”