NHS Trust has awarded two long-term contracts to Medtronic Hospital Solutions to manage cath lab facilities for the University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) and Imperial College Healthcare in London.

Under the terms of agreements, Medtronic will help these hospitals to improve the quality and efficiency of their service delivery, manage cath labs to high standards, provide the latest medical technology and infrastructure, and develop local cardiac services markets, including the care pathway for patients who need access to cardiac care.

Medtronic will manage four UHSM cath labs at Wythenshawe Hospital and five Imperial College Healthcare cath labs based at Hammersmith Hospital.

"By applying high quality, efficient lean processes we can provide long-term, all-inclusive solutions that can help hospitals treat patients more efficiently while maintaining the highest quality of care."

Medtronic’s newly formed Hospital Solutions business will focus on providing services aimed at improving hospital operational efficiencies.

The initial services of the new business will focus on managing and modernising catheterisation laboratory (cath lab) facilities in Europe.

This new business provides long-term, all-inclusive solutions that can help hospitals treat patients more efficiently while maintaining the highest quality of care.

Medtronic chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak said that the creation of the new business unit underscores Medtronic’s commitment to developing innovative services and solutions that create efficiencies, address costs, and improve patient access and outcomes for a broader set of hospital customers.

"We have now formed a Hospital Solutions business aimed at addressing efficiency and operational improvement exclusively focused on delivering better clinical and economic outcomes and value for hospitals," Ishrak added.

Hospital efficiency solutions provided by Medtronic in a pilot programme conducted at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands saved an estimated €4.5m ($6m) in one year.

Medtronic Hospital Solutions vice president Frederic Noel said the new business is designed to offer healthcare providers more than products.

"By applying high quality, efficient lean processes we can provide long-term, all-inclusive solutions that can help hospitals treat patients more efficiently while maintaining the highest quality of care," Noel added.