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Supply Issues Multiple Suppliers Medical Swabs Multiple Products (ICN 1475)

Important Customer Notice Update

Ref: 2021/1475 ICN Number: 1475
  • The affected product codes remain subject to demand management.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by 31 January 2023.
  • See our Downloads section to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor.
  • Whilst we are now in a better position with stock of the affected product codes, we will continue to monitor the situation. These codes will therefore remain available to order through the Suspended Consumables webpage via the Control Suspended Consumables Product Submission Webform.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by the end of August 2022.
  • The previously affected product codes from Rocialle are now in stock and available to order and we will continue to monitor the situation over the next few weeks.
  • 365 Healthcare and Unisurge products will carry on being demand managed to ensure availabilty.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by the end of June 2022.
  • See our Downloads section to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.
  • The supply issue with Medical Swabs is ongoing and it will continue on the new framework.
  • Rocialle informed us that they were unable to provide products for the Go Live date (14 March 2022).
  • The supply issue is due to containers being held at Rotterdam with other containers and shipments taking priority due to the ongoing issues in Ukraine.
  • This supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by end of April 2022.
  • 365 Healthcare and Unisurge products are going to carry on being demand managed into the new framework.
  • See our Downloads section to to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by mid March 2022.
  • See our Downloads section to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.
  • See our Downloads section to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.

Change:

  • See our Downloads ▼ section to refer to the latest product listing for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.

Impact:

  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by March 2022.

Next Steps:

  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected products.
  • Customers are advised to continue to order swabs as they would do normally and where their preferred supplier’s swab is unavailable purchase one of the stated alternatives.
  • Be assured we are working very closely with both Unisurge and 365 Healthcare to highlight and fill gaps in supply where possible. Once we have further updates on specific lines and availability this ICN will be updated further.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Change:

  • Clinisupplies Ltd has informed us that they are no longer able to supply Medical Swabs prior to the new framework agreement going live in March 2022.
  • This has left a gap in supply which the two remaining framework suppliers (Unisurge International and 365 Healthcare) have been asked to fill in the interim until the new Framework Agreement goes live on 14 March 2022.
  • There are up to 36 different types (including sizes and plys) of Medical Swabs that are affected, with a total of 108 product codes affected.

Impact:

  • As a result, some Medical Swab products will need to be demand managed. This is to protect stockholding and allocate volumes as determined by NHS England and NHS Improvement consumption model. It aims to ensure that trusts continue to have access to the consumables they need to provide patient care and to avoid unnecessary risks of stock shortages.
  • In all cases there are indirect alternatives that can be ordered (subject to availability) through our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads section to refer to the product listing below for further information on the affected product codes and potential indirect alternative products.
  • The supply issue is anticipated to be resolved by March 2022.

Next Steps:

  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected products.
  • Customers are advised to continue to order swabs as they would do normally and where their preferred supplier’s swab is unavailable purchase one of the stated alternatives.
  • Be assured we are working very closely with both Unisurge and 365 Healthcare to highlight and fill gaps in supply where possible. Once we have a further update on specific lines and availability this ICN will be updated further.
  • f you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

Downloads ▼

  • 1475 Medical Swabs Product Listing with Alternatives 25 November 2022

    An Excel file detailing the affected product codes for ICN 1475.
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