Hiring equipment; eight key benefits

Hiring equipment; eight key benefits

Hospitals hire (or rent) medical equipment for several reasons, all of which boil down to better patient care, efficient use of resources, and financial benefits.

Here are some key advantages:

1. Cost Effective

Medical equipment, especially multifunctional seating and hospital beds can be expensive to purchase outright. Renting or hiring the equipment allows wards or departments to access this equipment without a huge upfront cost, freeing up capital for other needs.

  1. Reduced timelines.

It often takes around 5-6 months for a larger scale purchase to go through the many processes and departments of the NHS.   For a hire, a ward could rent 2/3 chairs over a period of 6 months and the sign off is less than a day.  Or they could hire a chair for a month and just extend the rental when / if needed.
  1. Flexibility and scalability.

Patient needs on a ward can differ significantly. Renting allows hospitals to adapt to surges in demand for specific equipment without the burden of permanent ownership of under-utilised equipment.
  1. Access to the latest technology

Medical equipment is constantly evolving and developing. Hiring allows HCP’s to stay up-to-date with the latest advancements without the long-term commitment of buying equipment that might become outdated.
  1. Reduced maintenance costs.

Here at Caremed we manage maintenance and repairs of equipment, saving you time, EBME resources, and money.
  1. Short-term needs.

Some patients may only require specific equipment for a short period of time. Renting is a cost-effective solution for these temporary needs.
  1. Trial period/ try before you buy.

Renting allows wards and departments to "test drive" new equipment before committing to a large purchase.
  1. Space saving.

If you are struggling to store equipment when it isn’t in use – renting equipment allows you to not worry about space; particularly with larger, bulky equipment.


Overall, hiring medical equipment is a strategic approach that helps hospitals and wards to optimise their resources, deliver the best care to patients with cutting-edge technology and maintain financial stability.