Mid Essex Hospital Services

The MEHS NHS Trust employs nearly 4,000 staff to provide local elective and emergency services to 380,000 people living in and around the districts of Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree.

The Trust also provides a county-wide plastics, head, neck and upper gastrointestinal surgical centre to a population of 3.4 million.

Also provided, is a world-renowned, supra regional burns service at the St Andrew’s Centre that serves a population of 9.8 million.

The Challenge
The Solution

The Trust required an IT partner to help them create a long-term infrastructure that could effectively deliver its services – now and into the future.

The Trust chose MCSA, partnering with HPE, to design and implement a high performance, scalable, manageable, available and resilient architecture. MCSA was selected as it possessed an excellent track record of delivering best-in-class technology implementations – across the UK healthcare sector.

The starting point of the infrastructure modernisation programme was the refresh of the Trust’s storage solution. MCSA worked in partnership with the Trust to migrate data and services from its legacy HPE EVA environment to the new HPE 3PAR StoreServ 7000 Storage platform.

The Results

The new solution ensures that the Trust deliver an “always on” service provision of its critical, clinical services. Equipped with a highly stable and better performing platform, the Trust was able to deploy more services and proceeded with its virtualisation strategy of services, delivered from two virtualised data centres – geographically separated on campus. As its infrastructure has grown rapidly, the Trust must ensure that its data is backed up for both compliance and DR purposes, the Trust invested in HPE DataProtector and dual site replicated HPE StoreOnce disc backup solution.

This move has provided 99.8% data backup success, and availability of services is now significantly improved – in excess 99.5%. As part of the end of a national contract, the Trust also had to localise its digital picture archive system.

This proximity shift enables greater access speeds of patient records – from minutes to seconds, which further improves customer care. MCSA worked with the Trust to provide the supporting infrastructure to enable this initiative.

The Benefits


“MCSA and HPE teams possessed excellent technical skills and were very effective in
making sure that the project was delivered with minimal disruption – on time and budget. We now possess a better performing, available and secure storage environment.”

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust | Healthcare


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