Get an expert – partner with a professional, experienced team
While you can try moving medical equipment yourself, we would not advise it. It is always better to partner with a professional, experienced team who understands your unique moving requirements.
Medical organisations will sometimes attempt to move items themselves. This risks not only the equipment and patient safety, but also increases their administrative burden. They have to manage the project themselves and ensure that they have all the necessary documentation.
By contrast, end-to-end professional moving services do all of this for you. They manage the project from wholesale to “last mile,” taking care of collecting, receiving, delivering, installing and commissioning equipment, minimising additional overheads.
Plan For Success
Before you move any medical equipment, you need to plan. Planning is essential for many reasons, including:
- Ensuring the suitability of your site (checking that your premises can accommodate the delivery before transport)
- Working around your existing operational needs (such as conducting installations during off-peak hours to minimise disruption)
- Reducing risk and ensuring that the equipment remains safe, functional and usable
- Installing equipment in time so that it can start benefiting patients immediately
- Managing multiple deliveries across geographically disparate sites
If you don’t plan, you are more likely to encounter problems. For instance, you may discover that you have insufficient space for your new medical equipment, or the delivery and installation process may disrupt your workflows.
Fortunately, planning is easy – just consult with your medical equipment moving company. They have all the necessary experience to predict and avoid problems before they occur.
Get the timing right
Moving medical equipment requires more than merely transporting items from a warehouse and delivering them to a particular location on your premises. Patients must also be able to benefit. Therefore, timing is essential.
Getting the timing right, though, can be a challenge. You know that you need medical equipment but delivering it in a way that fits in with patients’ care schedules isn’t always easy.
Again, the best approach is to work with specialists. Bishopsgate can arrange deliveries and installations that are sensitive to the requirements of your medical environment.
Handle equipment with care
Finally, medical equipment is heavy and expensive and must be handled with care. Mobile operating tables can cost between £5,000 and £15,000. MRI scanners can cost anywhere from £600,000 to £1.9 million. Even if you are insured, damage may entail paying an insurance company a large excess. Handling equipment with care, therefore, is essential.
If you want to move medical equipment without worrying about damage, then get in touch with Bishopsgate today. We offer a range of specialist moving services designed to serve the specific and unique requirements of healthcare organisations. Our staff are highly trained and use specialist equipment to ensure safe and timely transport, delivery and installation of all your devices.
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