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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is the principal healthcare provider to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire, UK. With a budget of more than £180m and employing 3,300 staff, the Trust treated nearly 248,000 outpatients and more than 60,000 inpatients in 2012/13. With around 500 inpatient beds, the organisation provides care at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, as well as at community clinics and patients’ homes.
The Trust is also proud to be the home of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, which provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The Centre, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for the treatment of people who require permanent mechanical ventilation following spinal cord injury, admits patients from across the United Kingdom for this highly specialised care. Jimmy Parker is the Development Office Lead within Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, responsible for delivering IT Services to the 3,300 Trust employees. In 2013 Mr. Parker faced the challenge that many private and public sector organisations were presented with: migrating away from Windows XP. With a mixed environment of Windows 2003 Terminal Server and Windows XP desktops, Mr. Parker wanted to replace the old environment with something more advantageous to Terminal Services and, with his experience of VDI from a previous role at Aintree NHS, Mr. Parker chose VMware Horizon View 5.3 as part of his migration to Windows 7.
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