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New tenants playing vital role in COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Our new tenants at Witney Business & Innovation Centre; Healthtech Firm Visiba are helping ease pressure on NHS & support rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.

A leading digital healthtech company, tasked with playing a key role in freeing up NHS clinician time, has chosen our Witney Business & Innovation Centre as its UK headquarters.

Swedish-founded Visiba will also be supporting a streamlined approach to the rolling out of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The company has created a software platform to significantly reduce the number of ‘missed’ appointments and wasted healthcare professional hours by enabling hospitals and other healthcare services to offer a user friendly online solution for transforming patient care through digitisation.

Last year the NHS found 15 million general practice appointments are being wasted each year because patients didn’t turn up, costing more than £216million*.

In addition to that Visiba’s own research indicates around one in three routine hospital appointments for outpatients could be done online, saving the NHS nearly half a billion pounds annually.

“We are delighted Visiba has chosen Witney BIC as its UK headquarters, and excited by their ambitious plans to help ease pressure on the NHS, which will also provide additional employment opportunities locally,” said our Property Director Roger File.

“The innovation centre provides an ideal base with its selection of flexible office space solutions for up to 30 people managed on our behalf by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading provider of business and innovation centres,” he added.

Visiba has taken a 409 sq. ft. office and is actively recruiting sales staff with ambitious growth plans that will see the company more than double its size in the next two years.  

Founded in 2014 by four Swedish entrepreneurs who share a passion for making healthcare services more accessible, Visiba appointed Tina Marshall to lead the UK division because of her healthcare experience, determination to make a difference and her Oxfordshire roots.

“With both the economy and NHS looking to reset in the wake of the pandemic, harnessing the known gains of shifting to digital appointments could play a huge role in relieving pressures on the NHS and wider workforce,” said Tina Marshall.

“The founders very much wanted to be based in the centre of Oxford, but when I brought them over to demonstrate the value that Witney BIC has to offer, there was really no contest in terms of size and quality of available office space along with no Oxford traffic to contend with on a daily basis!” she added.

Visiba is already working with primary care, secondary care and integrated care providers, offering a digital solution for large healthcare organisations to deliver a patient centric approach to healthcare. 

The company is ready to help UK healthcare providers roll out the COVID-19 vaccine across the country to ease demands on the NHS.

Alli Keene, Centre Manager, Witney BIC, said: “We are pleased to support Tina and her Visiba team in their important mission to ease the burden on our NHS, which really could be critical as we progress beyond lockdown.

“We look forward to welcoming her new recruits to the Oxford Innovation family next year and will continue to provide the flexibility and support to assist with Visiba’s growth,” she added.

Available Commercial Property *NHS research