It's hard to believe that not too long ago, people died from relatively minor injuries because there was no way to prevent infection. However, that's all changed with the ongoing advancement of antibiotics and other life-saving medical technologies. Swedish medical equipment manufacturer Getinge is at the forefront of this revolution, creating products that help save lives every day worldwide. Whether it's breakthroughs in surgical robotics or innovative new hospital designs, Getinge is always pushing the envelope to find new ways to improve patient care.
We recently caught up with one of Getinge's UK service program managers at their Storage King unit to discuss how Getinge is making a real difference in people’s lives.
Can you tell us a bit about Getinge and your role in the company?
Getinge was founded in 1904 in a small town in Sweden called Getinge. It started off doing farming and agricultural equipment and eventually progressed into sterilisers and hospital equipment. Over the years, the business has grown and manifested itself into one of the world’s largest healthcare providers, trading in over 30 countries with over 10,000 employees worldwide. My job role is as the service program manager. Any particular problem site that we have is my responsibility, and I ensure that we deliver good service to them.
What inspired you to join Getinge?
For me, it's about a passion for caring for and helping people. Equally, through Getinge, I know that we are helping others to get better from their illnesses and providing services for them to get treatment in hospitals. It is a vocation for me. I like to help, and my job and Getinge give me the tools to do that.
What makes Getinge different?
We provide a full range of equipment for hospitals, covering almost everything that any hospital would need, from operating tables to operating lights, decontamination solutions and life science options. We stand out amongst similar companies that do this kind of thing as the front runner, and we’re a well-known name that people can trust and rely on.
How did COVID-19 affect your business?
COVID-19 played a massive part in our business advancement over the last couple of years. It put a heavy burden on the manufacturers of ventilators as the COVID pandemic became widespread. We’ve had engineers going into hospitals when no one else was allowed and working on the frontline. Ultimately, we wanted to ensure that we could still provide our customers with the top quality service we like to give them.
What challenges have you had to overcome as a business?
Brexit was arguably one of our biggest challenges as we were unable to get our normal shipments due to red tape and paperwork. We needed an alternative solution, and that is when we turned to Storage King. They provided us with the opportunity to put our engineers' equipment into storage locations that are safe and secure. This means that we know the engineers are going to get their parts, and they’ve got somewhere safe and reliable to store them between jobs.
How has Storage King helped your business?
The location is very convenient. Our storage unit is shared by three of our engineers within the area and is a focal point for each of them to easily reach. In terms of being green and responsible, the unit provides a great place for engineers to store their tools and equipment when they’re not using them to lighten the loads in their cars and keep their carbon footprint to a minimum.
With over a century of experience, Getinge continues to share its knowledge, solutions and resources with the healthcare community, allowing them to focus on what truly matters - saving lives. For more information, visit their website.
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