SMART operating theatre technology boosts growth for Brandon

Brandon Medical, a British designer, manufacturer and exporter of medical technology, reports that its ‘black box’ innovation for SMART* operating theatres has helped deliver double-digit growth in UK revenues.

The Leeds-based company said domestic revenues rose by 10 percent to £7.4 million during 2021 while lockdowns were still in place overseas. It has increased UK sales by 60 per cent since 2019. 

Brandon Medical developed the Intelligent Theatre Control Panel (iTCP), a pioneering device that connects with operating theatre equipment and communicates with hospital building management systems. The company last month won a Queen’s Award for Innovation – its third Queen’s Award in 11 years – for the product, which launched in 2018. 

The iTCP puts the company at the forefront of new Internet of Things technology to detect and react to changes in the operating theatre and surrounding environment to help improve surgical outcomes. 

Brandon Medical has exported the control panels to hospitals across the Middle East, Africa and India, helping to grow its international business to £4.1m in 2020 before market lockdowns. Last year, the company focused on growing its domestic business by partnering with a growing number of UK hospitals including the NHS Golden Jubilee in Scotland and its state-of-the art eye treatment centre.

The growth of minimally invasive surgery means modern operating theatreshave a proliferation of multi-media screens, connected devices and data sources. The iTCP provides an easy-to-use touch-screen interface to help clinicians avoid ‘technology overload’ in surgical procedures. The panel gathers data about the patient and environment inside and outside the theatre and can spot issues which could affect the patient. It is similar to a black box in aviation, which records performance and conditions during flight, and enables hospitals to monitor and maintain life-saving equipment.

Brandon Medical designed the panel to connect with new and emerging technologies in clinical equipment and building automation. It can be upgraded and updated remotely, reducing the need for unnecessary travel, helping healthcare systems across the world and in the UK to meet net-zero decarbonisation targets. 

Graeme Hall, Executive Chairman of Brandon Medical, said: “We are proud to be flying the flag for British engineering to help hospitals across the world deliver better surgical outcomes for their patients. We are especially proud to be supplying our world-leading control panel technology to UK hospitals in support of the NHS. 

“With the lifting of COVID restrictions across the world and planned investment in new hospitals in the UK, we are investing for continued growth in our domestic and international markets. With our culture of innovation, Brandon Medical is perfectly placed to support the smart redesign of healthcare systems to improve patient care.”

Brandon Medical also won Queen’s Awards for Innovation in 2011 and International Trade in 2018.  

* Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology 


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