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Borders firm’s thermal tech used in Covid fight

Amanda Pickford: confidence

A company has seen its thermal-imaging technology used in hospitals to tackle the Covid pandemic.

Shock Innovations, which trades as ThermaFY, has developed its technology on the back of government loans.

The Kelso-based firm’s founder, Amanda Pickford, was approached by a large NHS trust looking to install automated temperature-scanning stations across its hospitals in Chelsea and Westminster and West Middlesex.

Ms Pickford said: “During the first pilot our systems scanned over 150,000 people in just three months.

“Now the stations are a permanent feature, scanning over 7,000 patients and staff every day, helping to give people confidence that the hospitals are a safe environment.”

An initial loan from the Scottish Microfinance Fund, which is delivered by DSL Business Finance on behalf of the Scottish Government, was provided as part of an overall package to fund working capital when Shock Innovations set up in 2018.

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