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NHS Supply Chain to offer sight saving retinal scanners across England following successful rollout in Wales

Friday 13 February 2015

NHS Supply Chain is offering hospitals across England access to industry leading retinal screening equipment which has the potential to save the eyesight of more than 400 people per year, should its total allocation of scanners be placed in hospitals.

NHS Supply Chain, through dedicated Department of Health funding for eye care, is offering NHS organisations equipment from industry leading manufacturers to help provide excellent patient care.

Through careful negotiation with British based suppliers, NHS Supply Chain is able to considerably reduce the price per unit of retinal cameras. This enables the NHS to access the latest equipment at a highly competitive price and further reduce the cost of these high tech medical cameras as part of a NHS Supply Chain framework.

NHS Supply Chain has been helping to improve the nation’s access to sight saving technology, the framework utilises bulk purchase abilities to pass on cost savings to NHS organisations around the UK for this important medical equipment.

NHS Supply Chain is currently collaborating with NHS Wales to rollout retinal cameras and help provide the best care possible before introducing them out across England.

Philippa Wright, buyer, NHS Supply Chain said of this offering: ‘I’m very excited about our latest offer. Our highly advanced retinal cameras can help save the sight of some of our most ill patients whilst helping the NHS to meet its efficiency targets

“By offering world class equipment at unbeatable prices, NHS Supply Chain can help the NHS save important resources and divert money elsewhere for patient care. This is a great offer for NHS organisations, as retinal scanners can help save the sight of hundreds of people across the UK.

“I’d encourage any interested organisations to contact NHS Supply Chain on 0113 385 4800.”

Notes to Editors

NHS Supply Chain is working with British suppliers to help provide industry leading retinal screening equipment to the NHS. By securing deals with leading and innovative blue chip retinal equipment manufacturers, NHS Supply Chain can help to ensure that health organisations have access to the latest equipment on terms designed to encourage them to procure the latest equipment.

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All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. 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 in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 346,000 nationally available, transactable lines 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. 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:

  • Capital equipment, including finance and maintenance
  • Dental
  • Audiology
  • Catering, including food
  • Infection control
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Theatres

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs over 2,400 staff across seven sites.  

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