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NHS Supply Chain offers clean sweep in super bug crackdown

Wednesday 21 May 2008

Alfreton, Derbyshire – UK / May 2008

The battle against MRSA continued this week with the launch of a new range of diagnostic and prevention products from NHS Supply Chain.

Two types of tests for the detection of MRSA are now available to NHS trusts and will enable NHS trusts to build on their ability to combat the effects of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) efficiently and economically, from one supplier - NHS Supply Chain - for the first time.

The two tests available are a conventional chromogenic agar, which takes up to 48 hours to achieve a result, and a rapid semi automated and automated testing from which a diagnosis can be turned around within hours.

The team at NHS Supply Chain, the 10 year contract between DHL and the Department of Health (DH), has been working with the DH to develop a full product range that will not only enable NHS trusts to more thoroughly address the rising issue of HCAI, but also increases the efficiency and visibility of national pricing.

Driven by the DH’s reinforced stance on HCAI’s, NHS Supply Chain convened a task force of experienced procurement and laboratory professionals to provide strategic advice and counsel to key policy makers, and create a complete range of testing solutions. These solutions now promise to generate substantial savings to the NHS, and offer trusts the fastest turn around times ever in the fight against HCAI.

Professor Brian Duerden, Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control at the DH, comments: "I welcome NHS Supply Chain’s response to the DH’s requirement for all NHS Trusts to screen patients for MRSA. This will provide valuable support to NHS Trusts in providing a full range of MRSA prevention and testing requirements from one key supplier."

Roger West, NHS Supply Chain Procurement Director, comments: "We are proud to have worked alongside the DH to create these new options for NHS trusts. We believe they represent the best possible range of options for the NHS to combat the issue of HCAI, and we look forward to continuing to work on these challenges to provide the NHS with quality, savings and value."

NHS Supply Chain also has a range of other products supporting the DH drive to reduce and eradicate HCAI, including cleaning and hand washing products. Combined with the new diagnostic tests, NHS Supply Chain is now in the unique position of being able to supply the NHS with a complete suite of MRSA products.

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About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain, operated by DHL, provides modern and resilient supply chain services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers. As agent of the NHS Business Services Authority, and governed by the Department of Health, its teams help trusts make their resources go further, and focus on delivering quality patient care. NHS Supply Chain can manage the entire tender process, including Official Journal of European Union processes, and act as single point of contact between trusts and suppliers. Key services include:

  • procurement
  • supplier
  • logistics
  • Supply Chain consultancy services
  • patient services

All underpinned by world-class IT and ecommerce. The range of 600,000 in-scope products support the patient pathway: diagnosis, intervention and patient care:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities (including office equipment)
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

NHS Supply Chain HQ address: Cotes Park Industrial Estate, West Way, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 4QJ
Phone: 01773 724000
Fax: 01773 724229

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 1,700 staff in eight locations. For further information, visit

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