From jamie goodwin | Friday 3 April 2020
The OxVent ventilator will be made at the firm’s advanced wound management facility in the city.
Hull firm Smith and Nephew is using its expertise to help the NHS to fight Covid-19.
The global medical technology business is working with the UK government to build ventilators.
The OxVent ventilator is the result of a collaboration between scientists, clinicians and medical technology manufacturers from the firm plus the University of Oxford and King’s College London.
The ventilator has been designed to allow for large-scale production.
It is now under review by the medicines and healthcare products Regulatory Authority, with the order subject to the design gaining authorisation.
Smith and Nephew is supporting the assessment process and preparing for manufacture to begin immediately following authorisation from MHRA.
The OxVent ventilator will be made at the firm’s advanced wound management facility in Hull.
Roland Diggelmann, chief executive officer of Smith and Nephew, said: “We are proud to be able to support this vital effort and help meet the UK Government’s ventilator challenge to ensure the NHS is equipped for treating patients with Covid-19.
“I want to thank all our employees who are working long hours to make this happen, while also ensuring continued production of the important medical products already manufactured at our Hull site to support other patients."