A SPECIALIST solutions company with a track record of coming to the rescue of major organisations at a time of crisis is at the forefront in the fight against COVID-19.
ECO, which already supplies one NHS trust, is answering the call to help any organisation in the health sector or any essential business combat the coronavirus outbreak.
The company with a reputation for ‘getting stuff done’, has set up a full COVID-19 rapid response solutions operation with a range of emergency buildings, beds, and sanitisation solutions.
It has already answered the call to help a factory, which has a government order for manufacturing vital material for visors for the NHS, to continue production 24/7 by supplying anti-virus sanitiser and an on-call emergency sanitising team.
ECO’s experience and equipment means it can even set up field hospitals and other emergency structures with its rapid response building team, and has large volumes of medically-approved beds to help cater for an upsurge in patients.
Prefabricated buildings, inflatable buildings, shelters, can all be provided at pace and its additional rapid response interior solutions operation means those buildings can also be fitted out with a wide range of medically-approved beds and the most hygienic materials available.
The company is also rolling out rapid response testing solutions which include rapidly deployable virus containment and testing pods, which manage the flow of testing for coronavirus at entrances to hospitals, surgeries and other essential buildings such as emergency services centres, factories, and those offices and outlets where essential workers are based.
ECO is this week donating a consignment of visors and some of its secure supply of anti-virus hand-sanitiser to a care home which was struggling to source sanitiser for its residents and staff.
The alcohol free anti-virus hand and surface sanitiser is a complex polymeric biocide in an aqueous solution providing ongoing protection to treated hands and surfaces.
The product is ready to use for disinfection and sanitisation of surfaces, providing up to 99.9% efficacy against pathogenic organisms.
Eddie Black, managing director of ECO, said: “The Government has requested companies like ours to come up with rapid solutions at this time of national emergency.
“That is exactly what we have done. We have responded rapidly as a team and as a business to put our skills towards helping others.
“We are committed to helping the Government tackle the coronavirus outbreak to the best of our abilities.
“We are focusing our efforts on providing this comprehensive package of emergency rapid response solutions in the fight against COVID-19.
“We have used our skills and experience to put together the most comprehensive package of solutions we could imagine – from a secure ongoing supply of significant volumes of sanitiser and specialist testing pods, all the way through to supplying and fitting out emergency buildings, including with a full-range of medically-approved beds.
“We will do whatever needs to be done to help the medical sector fight this outbreak, and also to help keep essential business operations up and running.
“We can help set up emergency buildings. We can prepare land and put up long-term, easily dismantlable buildings which are one of the fastest, most flexible options, for a range of uses, at this time of national emergency.
“These types of buildings can be easily erected and put to good use for a range of operations including medical centres, power hubs, offices, storage and, sad to say, even morgues.
“We could also convert or sanitise any building whether that’s hotels, conference centres, leisure centres, schools and colleges, disused buildings and spaces, in the fastest, most effective, way possible.
“So far during the outbreak we have been helping essential businesses and private care homes to get the help they need to keep operating around the clock, and we are looking at helping GP surgeries.
“But even though we do work for the NHS in one area of the country – and even though the Government is crying out for companies like ours to help – it’s not always easy to reach the people who make the procurement decisions within the NHS and make them aware that we are here and we can help.”
ECO has a track record of rapid response. At the height of the devastating floods which hit the UK in December 2015 it helped get a major food industry business back on its feet.
Eddie said: “We know how to get this stuff done. If anyone needs our expertise, we will get our teams onto it immediately to achieve what needs to be done.”
ECO, which has its headquarters in Annan and has operations in Cumbria, is also known for its expertise in a range of dry ice cleaning and hygiene solutions which can help hospitals, care homes, emergency workers’ accommodation and transport operations, such as ambulances, keep clean during the coronavirus outbreak.
The company already supplies one of the UK’s largest hospital trusts – Leeds General Infirmary, part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – and last month delivered a consignment of specially-treated antibacterial furniture to the hospital.
ECO is also building its own new headquarters at Annan for its 80 staff. Eddie said: “We know how to do this stuff – and quickly.
“We will do everything we can to help anyone who gets in touch – whether from organisations or businesses – to help fight the effects of this outbreak.”
HOW COULD ECO’S VIRUS TESTING PODS BE DEPLOYED?
ECO managing director Eddie Black explained how the company’s virus testing pods could be used across society to ensure those with coronavirus are tracked more effectively both during the lockdown and afterwards, once office buildings and events are back open again.
Eddie said: “The public or staff need to be protected and tested before entering a hospital, government facility, emergency services hub, essential factory or office building, and ultimately, when the lockdown is lifted, perhaps a festival, public event, or sporting venue.
“The public would enter the compound and if suspected of symptoms (or everyone), they would be taken to the testing pod to be tested. If the results are found to be negative, they would then be allowed to continue into the building/venue.
“If the person is found to test positive, they would then be moved to an isolation pod and not allowed entry. The testing pod and compound would then be temporarily closed, fumigated, cleaned and reopened rapidly, thus protecting all those people next to pass through the compound.”