March 30, 2020 @ 11:14 by Steven Hugill
A utilities maintenance firm is offering its services to the NHS to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.
Commercial Maintenance Services (CMS) UK Ltd says it stands ready to respond to any emergencies should in-house hospital teams fall ill with COVID-19.
The Gateshead-based business maintains heating, hot water, electrical, ventilation and refrigeration systems and already works with healthcare clients such as Nuffield Health, Four Seasons Health and HC1.
Stephen Dunn, compliance director at the family-run firm, said that with much of its more routine work delayed by coronavirus, the business has greater scope to support key services such as private hospitals, nursing homes, care homes, infrastructure providers and essential retailers.
He said: “We are continuing to operate a full-strength team of engineers, which can play a part in helping to keep this country running during such challenging times.
“We have offered our services to the NHS should they require them, as any heating or electrical failure in a hospital or medical facility could have serious consequences.
“CMS would be proud to support the NHS if called upon.”
Stephen also said CMS is well placed to help companies with planned preventative maintenance and repairs programmes, which have been brought forward by closures caused by coronavirus.
He added: “Rather than work during the night, to minimise disruption, our engineers are now able to attend during the day without any risk to health – which also saves businesses money.
“It is important business-critical systems remain safe and that any repairs or scheduled maintenance is not delayed.
“Such work is necessary to ensure buildings continue to operate efficiently and meet legal compliance standards.”