UK MOD awards £14 million medical monitor contract to RDT
The Ministry of Defence has awarded a £14 million tri-service contract for medical monitors to Hampshire-based company RDT, a world-leader and fast-growing specialist in pre-hospital care solutions. The new agreement will see the delivery of around 900 compact, easy-to-use and reliable vital signs Tempus Pro monitors, which will enable the UK military to manage medical incidents in the remote and challenging locations in which they regularly operate. Tempus Pro uniquely consolidates several functions onto one system, ensuring that Armed Forces medical personnel can provide the best quality of care possible to critically injured service men and women in very challenging environments. Tempus Pro monitors will be deployed on medical evacuation vehicles and aircraft, battalion aid stations, hospital ships, field hospitals and in far forward locations by special operations teams.
This award is the latest in a long line of successes for RDT, which has achieved 60 % growth in the last 12 months. RDT is a significant exporter, generating more than 60 % of its revenue from international sales. Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke, said: “RDT is a ground-breaking company and its success in securing this contract demonstrates the strong entrepreneurial, engineering and technological talent available in Basingstoke. This talent pool supports a thriving hub of high growth, high tech businesses in the town. The contract will sustain over 60 jobs at RDT’s local facility and has helped in the creation of 20 new roles. I congratulate Graham and his team on this tremendous achievement.”
The MOD selected RDT’s Tempus Pro monitoring system after an extensive evaluation programme that highlighted how this very small and robust monitoring platform delivers significantly more capability for British troops than existing solutions. Over the next five years, the MOD will replace all existing monitors with the Tempus Pro system. RDT has already delivered 444 monitors to the Armed Forces.
Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: “Our Armed Forces serve with incredible commitment and bravery, and the new Tempus Pro monitor will ensure that they will receive the best possible care and treatment should they be wounded or taken ill on operations. Backed by our rising defence budget and our £178 billion equipment plan, our investment in these cutting-edge medical monitors demonstrates how we are working with our NATO allies to provide lifesaving equipment to our frontline personnel.”
Before awarding the contract, the Defence Equipment and Support organisation (DE&S) conducted an intensive year-long, multi-discipline monitor evaluation process that saw the system deployed and rigorously tested in extremely harsh and challenging locations. Traditionally, several various monitor types have had to be used at different levels of care in the patient pathway. Thanks to the modular and flexible nature of RDT’s Tempus Pro system, the UK MOD is now able to standardise on one monitor to provide streamlined medical support and critical patient care information from the battlefield onwards. This means the Record of Care of all sick and injured patients can easily move with them as they progress through different levels of care, and ultimately be saved into their permanent patient record. A single monitoring solution has been an objective of the UK military for some time. It is only possible because of the forward-thinking and innovative way in which RDT has approached the development of its medical monitoring technology.
Chief Executive Officer of the DE&S, Tony Douglas, said: “This state-of-the-art piece of equipment shows how we are delivering proven, world-leading equipment to our Armed Forces. The Tempus Pro monitor is a step forward in innovation and safety, demonstrating how we are committed to improving the medical care received by those keeping our country safe. This deal also highlights DE&S’ strong, collaborative partnership with industry, benefitting both our Armed Forces and the wider UK economy by sustaining around 60 UK jobs.”
Graham Murphy, RDT CEO, added: “We are incredibly proud to be providing the Tempus Pro to our Armed Forces, who do such important work to keep us all safe. One of the reasons the Tempus Pro is being adopted by the UK and many other NATO militaries is because of its unique ability to be enhanced in the field as new technologies emerge or needs evolve. The world is an ever-changing place and this flexibility is important to all our customers. To that end, RDT has an exciting set of new features in development to which the MOD will have full access as they become available.”