GoodFabs helps Stoke Mandeville hospital get its COVID 19 ventilators working

Good Fabrications (GoodFabs)

15th April 2020

STC member GoodFabs rushed to the aid of Bucks Healthcare Trust to go into emergency production of a small but vital connector which joins ventilators to hospitals’ oxygen supplies.

With supply chains stretched to breaking point by the current Covid-19 emergency, Bucks Healthcare Trust had managed to source much-needed intensive care ventilators but was dismayed to find the connectors to attach to the oxygen supply were missing, making them useless.

When attempts to contact the manufacturer to get the vital connectors failed, the race was on to find a way around the problem.

Cardiologist, and Chair of Medical Procurement at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Dr Andrew Money-Kyrle said it was a critical situation with patients needing ventilators to help them battle the virus, but the hospital had no way to connect its new ventilators to the oxygen system.

Dr Money- Kyrle said: “At times like this, it seems miracles can happen. One of our volunteers, Jane Rampin of Resilience Health, put us in touch with the Neil Morgan, Managing Director of Good Fabs, which makes high- performance exhaust systems for Formula 1 cars and he leapt at the chance to help.”

The Trust’s head of Clinical Engineering, Stephen Squire then sent the only connector they had to Good Fabs’ Thame workshop.

Mr Squire said Neil Morgan’s ‘can do’ attitude and highly skilled team of engineers and designers swung into action to laser scan the parts and produce a full set of technical drawings.

“Within 12 hours, Good Fabs had designed a prototype connector ready to go into production” Mr Squire said.

Dr Money-Kyrle said the two companies worked flat out for four days to make the critical valves which were delivered to Stoke Mandeville on Friday, meaning the new ventilators were being used in intensive care wards in time for the expected surge in Covid-19 cases over the Easter weekend.

“Our staff and clinicians are working round the clock to care for our community and battle this virus. This weekend, some of our wider community pulled together to help us,” Dr Money- Kyrle said.

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