The first ventilators from the UK Government’s Ventilator Challenge rolled off production lines this weekend, as new imported devices have also been airlifted into the UK.
300 ventilators recently arrived at Donnington on a flight from China (pictured above), say the MoD.
“The initial batch of Penlon ventilators will begin arriving this week into Defence Equipment and Support’s Defence Fulfilment Centre in Shropshire and urgently delivered to hospitals by the MOD Distribution Service. The Government has ordered several thousand ventilators to be delivered over the course of the next few months.”
According to the Ventilator Challenge website:
“A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. Over the past week the consortium has been working hard to investigate production of a range of ventilator design options to meet a high-level specification for a Rapidly Manufactured Ventilator System developed by clinicians and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
The consortium has evaluated all requirements to design, manufacture, assemble and test components, as well as finished medical ventilators. The consortium will now accelerate production of an agreed new design, based on existing technologies, which can be assembled from materials and parts in current production. The device combines existing proven clinical equipment and is the clinicians’ first choice for the RMVS.”
Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the UK Government in excess of 10,000 units.