- Temple Street Children’s University Hospital now making significant savings in operational costs
- Savings will be reabsorbed into hospital budget and can be used to fund medical devices and equipment
- Ricoh devices worth more than €175K being used across all departments of the hospital
- Haulage company, Cargocare, transported the printing equipment to Temple Street free of charge
Pictured at the announcement of Ricoh Ireland’s donation of a €175K managed print and document solution to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital (L-R) are: Tom Foley, Annuity & Services Manager, Ricoh Ireland, Gary Hopwood, General Manager, Ricoh Ireland, Caroline Flynn, Senior Play Specialist, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and James Lohan, Contracts & Procurement Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.
Ricoh Ireland today announces that it has donated print and document management devices worth more than €175,000 to Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, allowing the hospital to make significant savings. The savings will now be redistributed within the overall hospital budget and can be used to fund medical devices and equipment.
Ricoh donated the suite of 44 nearly-new print and document management devices to the hospital, including 33 from biotechnology company, Amgen. Before delivery, Ricoh serviced the entire fleet, provided new parts as necessary and fully tested the equipment to ensure optimum performance. It also waived any revenues that could be won through a contract with the hospital.
Ricoh then worked with its logistics provider, Cargocare, which agreed to transport the printers to Temple Street free of charge. Ricoh’s suite of devices replaces a wide range of 14-year-old disparate printers, which didn’t have the capabilities of modern document services technology.
The devices are now being used across multiple key departments including laboratories, operating theatres, radiology, wards, ICU and in the School of Nursing. The scanning capabilities are helping Temple Street become a ‘greener place of work’ by moving towards a paperless environment.
Charts and records that were previously in paper form can now be securely accessed by the hospital’s 1,400 doctors, nurses and other clinical and non-clinical staff from any of the new devices. Departments located in different parts of the hospital can also more effectively collaborate by sharing documents using the collaborative Ricoh technology.
Following the installation of the devices, Temple Street now expects at least a 15% reduction in print running costs. The new solution will also ensure higher uptime, a reduction in maintenance call-outs and a significant decrease in energy and paper consumption.
Before delivering the devices to Temple Street, Ricoh data cleansed and sanitised all of the devices so that they were stripped down to the factory setting, ensuring that all of the previous customer’s data was completely removed.
Tom Foley, Annuity & Services Manager, Ricoh Ireland, said: “At Ricoh, we have a zero to landfill policy and are constantly striving to be a more sustainable business. When Amgen agreed to make the devices available for re-use, we wanted to ensure that the devices went to a deserving new home. They are nearly-new state-of-the-art devices, so we knew that they would be of great value to the right recipient.
“Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has been a valued customer of ours for many years and we knew that their existing printers were in severe need of replacing. The Temple Street Foundation is tireless in its fundraising efforts throughout the year and we thought that this would be a great way to help them save money and use it for a worthwhile cause. It is the first time that we have done something like this in Ricoh Ireland and we hope that this new relationship with Temple Street, along with other charities, will keep going for many years to follow. Cargocare’s eagerness to transport the devices free of charge was crucial to making the project success.”
James Lohan, Contracts & Procurement Manager, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, said: “We were delighted when we were approached by Ricoh with their generous offer. Our existing printers were very old and it was coming to the point where we would have to go back to market to replace them. This arrangement is allowing us to make significant savings in operational costs, while also helping us to implement a greener procurement process.
“The new devices have a scan capacity that we didn’t have before, helping us to move towards a secure paperless environment. That also allows staff to collaborate more effectively, as they no longer have to share the same paper files.
“The savings will be used across the hospital site and can be used to fund medical devices to benefit patients directly. Any budget savings are greatly welcomed by us as they can then be used to directly benefit our patients.”
Gary Hopwood, General Manager, Ricoh Ireland, said: “We are delighted that this initiative has been so beneficial to the staff and patients at Temple Street – and that the savings they are making can be used elsewhere in the hospital. I encourage other businesses to follow suit by thinking about how the services they provide can help the communities in which they operate. By collaborating with Amgen and Cargocare, we have shown how businesses can work together to make a real and positive impact on the greater community.”
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About Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street is an acute national paediatric hospital. Major specialities at Temple Street today include neonatal and paediatric surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, nephrology, orthopaedics, ENT and plastic surgery. The national centre for paediatric ophthalmology, the National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre (NPCC), the national airways management centre, the national meningococcal laboratory, the National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders (NCIMD), the National Newborn Screening Service (NNSS) and the Irish Meningitis and Sepsis Reference Laboratory (IMSRL) are also based at Temple Street. Temple Street cares for 150,000 children per year including over 45,000 who attend the Emergency Department (ED). A staff of 90 Consultant and over 950 nursing, HSCPs (Health and Social Care Professionals) and other staff provide this care.
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