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NHS Supply Chain announces new breathing circuits and filters products to aid clinical performance

Tuesday 4 August 2009

NHS Supply Chain has announced details of a contract extension with a number of suppliers that introduces new clinical products and significant price reductions across a range of breathing circuits and filters.

Running until the end of March 2010, key benefits of the extended contract include the availability of a number of new products along with price reductions of up to 15.5 per cent on the previous contract.

Commenting on the contract extension, Danielle Kerr, Category Specialist, NHS Supply Chain said: “Most importantly the extension of the breathing circuits and filters contract will deliver tangible results for all our customers at trusts and healthcare organisations, both in terms of clinical results and potential cost savings.”

A number of new products have been added from suppliers including Intersurgical, Pall Medical, GE Healthcare and Teleflex which offer a wide range of clinical benefits including:

  • The Teleflex Medical Gibeck range offers a range of Pleated and Electrostatic filters and Heat and Moisture Exchangers. The entire range has been independently tested and is proven to be highly efficient in preventing the passage of bacteria and viruses.
  • GE Healthcare has brought to market the range of Vital Signs CAP (continuous positive airway pressure) valves which includes two single limb breathing circuits and an integrated sampling line
  • Pall Medical has introduced a new product – a small volume, breathing system filter for use in anaesthesia. The bidirectional, hydrophic media provides protection against airborne and liquid borne bacteria.
  • The Hydro-Trach TMKII from Intersurgical is a heat and moisture exchange device designed to reduce the loss of heat and moisture during respiration.

“By working closely with suppliers to provide the right products and end user service, we are successfully delivering a service that meets the demands of our customers.”

NHS Supply Chain’s key aim is to provide more than £1 billion savings to the NHS over its 10 year contract so that resources are released for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value.


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About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Its aim is to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS so that resources are released for customers to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value. NHS Supply Chain provides its services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers and offers over 620,000 products. 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

The range of over 620,000 products includes:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.

Delivering value to the NHS