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National road show aims to improve supply of digital mammography

Monday 26 April 2010

  • Helping NHS trusts meet the digital screening target by end of 2010
  • 17 mammography and PACS suppliers exhibiting
  • More than 50 full field digital mammography machines purchased since September 2009


The service provided by NHS Supply Chain has enabled our first phase to stay on time for delivery in this financial year through a fast track simplified procurement process. The buyers demonstrated expertise, patience and awareness of our requirement to ensure a smooth flow of processes. The offer prices have achieved significant savings from the framework prices so we are set to achieve our first phase on time and under budget."

The digital mammography road show will be held from 9.30 on 27 April at Sir Dennis Rooke Building, Holywell Park, Loughborough University.

Suppliers exhibiting at the event include: GE Healthcare, Medical Imaging Systems, Philips Healthcare, Sectra, Siemens Healthcare, Daax Ltd, Bence, CSC, Lyntons, Qados, AGFA, Steria, HSS, Insignia Medical Systems, Carestream Health, Fujifilm Uk and Xograph.

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For more information please contact:
Andrew Brentnall on 01773 724196 or at andrew.brentnall@supplychain.nhs.uk

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is a government contract operated by DHL since 2006. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). It is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority and aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

The NHS Supply Chain contract manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 600 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 600,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1 per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 60 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice. 

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • theatres
  • dental
  • audiology
  • catering, including food
  • infection control
  • orthopaedics
  • rehabilitation
  • capital equipment, including finance and maintenance.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.
http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk.