External Breast Prostheses, Bras and Associated Consumables
The new External Breast Prostheses, Bras and Associated Consumables framework starts on 30 October 2020, runs for 24 months and ends on 29 October 2022. There is an option to extend for an additional 24 months.
A full range of products is available for women who have suffered from breast cancer, including whole, partial, soft form and leisure breast prostheses, post-operative encapsulation and compression style bras. Accessories are also available on this framework such as replacement adhesive backing, prostheses covers, additional bra straps, shoulder pads and drainage pouch holders and prostheses cleansers.
The product range has been extended to include greater availability of sizes and ranges to offer more product choice to patients. There are 3,415 products on this new framework including 1,500 new products from new and incumbent suppliers. All products are available by the eDirect route.
Whole breast form prostheses are used outside of the breast, inside a pocketed bra or adhered directly to the surface of the skin. Made predominantly from silicone, they may be formed from an outer polyurethane layer filled with silicone gel or a solid or foam silicone. It is used to mimic a whole/full breast when the whole breast has been surgically removed, and is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and weights to suit the specific requirements of the individual.
Partial breast form prostheses, enhancers, overlays and nipples to be used outside of the breast. Partial breast prostheses are made from a polyurethane layer filled with silicone gel. They may be worn inside a pocketed bra and used to provide symmetry to a breast post-surgery when only a portion of tissue has been removed. Available in a variety of asymmetric and symmetrical shapes, sizes and weights to suit the specific requirements of the individual.
Prostheses products are fitted by either a breast care nurse specialist or supplier fitters who run in-house patient clinics.
A new artificial breast prosthesis is typically offered on the NHS every two years as the prosthesis may get worn or damaged. It may also need to be replaced if a patient gains or loses weight.
There are five Lots on this new framework:
- Lot 1: Whole Prostheses
- Lot 2: Partial Prostheses
- Lot 3: Soft Form and Leisure Prostheses
- Lot 4: Bras
- Lot 5: Accessories for Bras and Prostheses.
Additional products for chemotherapy patients such as wigs, headscarves and bandanas are available on our Wigs and Accessories framework. See our Useful Links section for further details.
See our Downloads ▼ section for the latest Product Listings.
The framework provides a National Pricing Matrix (NPM) from a number of suppliers, which will allow savings opportunities for customers who are able to consolidate their purchasing.
See our Downloads ▼ section for details of the NPM. If you are interested in making savings via the NPM, please speak to your Account Manager.
There are 12 suppliers in total on this framework, of which:
- Six suppliers are new to the framework, including three new to NHS Supply Chain
- Six suppliers are incumbent
- No suppliers are being delisted.
The new suppliers bring additional products to the framework, which offer a greater product choice to patients.
This is the full list of suppliers available on this framework.
- Amoena (UK) Limited
- Medasun Limited
- Theya Healthcare
- Thuasne UK Limited
- Trulife Limited
- Womanzone (UK) Limited.
New suppliers to the framework
- Eurosurgical Limited
- H&R Healthcare Limited
- Healthcare 21 (UK) Limited.
New suppliers to NHS Supply Chain
- Anita UK Limited
- Haddenham Healthcare Limited
- Nagor Limited.
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