Healthcare providers everywhere are being asked by the government and other bodies to commit to standards of IT in their departments and surgeries. But with the NHS in England suffering £22bn in efficiency cuts, attempting to meet with these national standards and provide the sort of care that their patients expect is proving difficult.

In this environment, IT procurement managers in healthcare are having a tough time balancing the needs of their users with budgetary requirements.

Here are our top 6 reasons why refurbished computers could benefit NHS trusts and organisations across the UK.  

1. Save money and sidestep budget restrictions If you’ve been affected by budget cuts and restrictions on unit spending for IT NHS updates, refurbished computers could be the right choice. Many units come in at under £100 (a saving of over £200 on some equivalent new models), which could mean purchasing each unit without needing approval from upstairs.

2. Have hardware stored off-site Finding space to hold the refurbished desktops and laptops needed to update offices could present a bit of a problem. But unlike new computer suppliers, some refurbished suppliers can keep your computers back until you need to install them. This means that you can execute a rollout over a few months or even a year, making it less disruptive to your departments and allowing the IT NHS team to install at their pace.  

3. Combat EOL problems With XP end of life (EOL) and the Windows 2003 server being shuttered in July, older computers are extremely susceptible to security issues, viruses, malware etc. But you might not need to purchase the newest system to ensure smooth running of facilities. If you find your department facing data security problems due to EOL and old software, then moving up to a more modern system might be the answer. Refurbished computers can help you update to better, later models, but without the modern equivalent price tag.

4. Solve IT efficiency issues Computers get better every year, so an update to all your PCs could really help to increase productivity with better processing speeds, programming, battery life, memory and storage. NHS departments are always tasked to work more efficiently, and having newer machines could help you to get more done.

5. Bring about standardised systems Bringing all your hardware up to an acceptable standard is ideal. Massive IT change programmes across your organisation can end up costing a great deal of money if you choose to purchase new systems. We think that choosing a refurbished payment model can help you to update your technology, without compromising on the funding needed for updates elsewhere in the care system.

6. Spares and support on tap You can find refurbished systems with great, reliable names behind them such as Dell, Apple, Lenovo and HP. Choosing hardware from these kinds of brands means if something goes wrong, you can usually find a like-for-like replacement. Our spares service is second to none in terms of quick delivery and variety (over 20,000 parts to choose from!). Our refurbished hardware also comes with a one to three-year (dependent on machine) guarantee. So, if any of your computers has a problem, we’ll be happy to fix or replace, once it’s been returned to base.

We’re always on hand to discuss the requirements of your NHS trust, body or organisation. Please contact us to discuss how refurbished equipment can help. Also, read our case study for how Aneurin Bevan University Hospital Trust saved money and updated their IT resources with refurbished desktops.