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Advanced Fibre Network to support New Digital Ready Hospital

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At the site of the new hospital, left to right: Graham Gault, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, Willie Bremner, Boston Networks, Graeme McIlorum, Dumfries & Galloway Council

Boston Networks has delivered an advanced fibre network for Dumfries and Galloway Council and Dumfries and Galloway NHS to support the new Digital Ready Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, currently under construction at Garroch Loaning.

The new £200 million acute hospital will encompass an Emergency Care Department, a combined theatre complex for day surgery, endoscopy and surgical patients, and consolidated ambulatory care.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Health Board, appointed Boston Networks to design, supply, install and commission the fibre network to provide high speed connectivity to key Council and Health Board buildings in advance of the opening of the new District General Hospital.

The seven-mile singlemode fibre optic network will provide direct, resilient and high-speed connectivity between the new hospital, the council headquarters at Monreith House and NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s administrative offices at Crichton Hall.

The network will support the delivery of advanced technologies within the new modern, highly efficient hospital to further augment the effective treatment of patients. Moreover, the leading-edge network infrastructure will significantly enhance connectivity to facilitate the delivery of public services throughout the region.

The project, which took just six weeks from start to completion, involved a number of complex challenges, including routing cable under the River Nith and deploying traffic management alongside the A75 trunk road to facilitate the roadside installation.

Furthermore, the network is backed with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty to offer added security and peace of mind. Boston Networks’ Network Operations Centre will also monitor and maintain the infrastructure to ensure the network runs seamlessly.

The project was completed and handed over ahead of schedule. The new hospital set to open in December 2017.

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