NHS Hospitals across Britain may hire this Reading company to supply, finance and manage on-site technology, leaving medical staff free to focus on patient care. Founded by David Rolfe and Stephen Hodgson in 2003, Asteral provides mainly radiology theatres and oncology equipment to seven NHS hospitals. It claims more than half its staff are registered clinical scientists, medical engineers or radiation specialists. Sales have grown 98% a year from £1.4m in 2005 to £11.1m in 2008. The company is owned by the investment firm Brook Henderson Group.
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