MP backs superbug-cracking breakthrough

Andy Burnham MP visiting Discrete Heat in Atherton, with managing director Martin Wadsworth
Andy Burnham MP visiting Discrete Heat in Atherton, with managing director Martin Wadsworth

A BUSINESS whose bosses hope to improve health and safety in hospitals with a new heating system received a boost with backing from the local MP.

Shadow Secretary of State for Health and member for Leigh Andy Burnham visited Discrete Heat of Atherton to view its ThermaSkirt product and discuss its possible use in the NHS.

The ThermaSkirt works by replacing radiators and skirting boards with a panel which radiates heat and can be wiped clean with a standard floor mop.

The company believes using the product in hospitals could save millions of pounds and significantly cut rates of superbugs and other diseases found within hospitals, as they say some of the bacteria that cause these conditions are often found in radiators.

Some hospitals in the region, such as Trafford General, have already adopted the new heating system, but Discrete Heat wants the product to eventually become the standard choice for hospitals across the country.

The ThermaSkirt has also received recognition from within the industry, picking up the Best Innovative Product prize at the National Heat Pump awards held in Birmingham.

Mr Burnham, who visited the factory with Lee Panter from the NHS Technology Adoption Centre, toured the factory with managing director Martin Wadsworth, met staff and was given a demonstration of how the ThermaSkirt works.

He said: “This is a well-designed, locally made product that could bring significant benefits for the NHS. I hope to help open doors for Discrete Heat to achieve a greater awareness in the health service.”