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General Wound Care

The extension of this framework agreement pulls together all of the following contracts into one framework:

  • Adhesive Surgical Tapes
  • Adhesive Wound Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Film Dressings
  • General Absorbents
  • Medical Swabs.

The Association of Perioperative Practice (AFPP) guidelines have been issued on swabs which require alternating departments to use different coloured swabs for patient safety. The new range incorporates this requirement and offers the customer the range of colours and sizes available in the market place.

This super-tender encompasses core products which are used in every healthcare environment with a complete range of product for each of the areas covered, offering choice, value and quality to meet the requirements of both patient's and healthcare professionals needs.

Should you require any further information please contact your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.

  • 365 Healthcare  NEW
  • 3M
  • Activia Healthcare
  • Advancis
  • Areo Healthcare
  • Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Aspen Medical Europe Ltd
  • Aquailant Surgical
  • Bard Ltd
  • Bastos Viegas
  • Blue Box Medical Ltd 
  • BSN Medical Ltd
  • Benecare Medica/Benefoot UKl
  • Becton Dickinson UK Ltd
  • Clinisupplies Ltd
  • Covidien UK
  • Care Fusion UK 306 Ltd
  • Crawford Pharmaceuticals
  • Crest Medical Ltd
  • Clinimed Ltd
  • Espere Healthcare Ltd 
  • Fannin UK Ltd
  • H & R Healthcare Ltd 
  • Healthline 
  • Medicare Plus International Ltd
  • Medline Industries Ltd
  • Molnlycke Healthcare Ltd
  • McDonald & Taylor 
  • Martindale Pharmaceuticals 
  • Nice-Pak International Ltd 
  • Newecampe Medical Ktd
  • Optimum Medical Solutions
  • Paul Hartmann Ltd 
  • Physiorite (Qualitis)
  • Reliance Medical Ltd
  • Robinson Healthcare Ltd
  • Richardson Healthcare Ltd
  • Rocialle
  • Steroplast Ltd
  • Systagenix Wound Management 
  • Smith & Nephew healthcare Ltd 
  • Synergy Healthcare (UK) Ltd
  • Sallis Healthcare Ltd 
  • Shermond
  • Unisurge International Ltd
  • Urgo Ltd
  • Unomedical (Convatec) 
  • Vygon UK Ltd
  • Williams Medical Supplies Plc
  • Ambulance Dressings
  • Adhesive Tapes
  • First Aid Kits
  • Creams and Ointments
  • Plasters
  • Non Woven Island Dressings
  • Bandages
  • Dressing Pads
  • Film Dressings
  • Cotton Wool
  • Non Woven Balls
  • Sanitary Products
  • Maternity Pads
  • Non Woven Swabs
  • Medical Preparation Swabs
  • X Ray Detectable Swabs
  • Nasal Swabs/Tampons
  • Gauze Swabs
  • Oral Swabs
  • Type 13 Gauze Swabs
  • Gauze Absorbents
  • Super Absorbents
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Key Benefits
  • Leading suppliers on contract - Providing enhanced range and value from a single source.

Transactional reporting

  • Helping your trust to maximise continued and sustainable category savings and improvements. You can view current and historical purchasing data by product code level, requisition point and e-class level; to help monitor usage, spend trends and forecasting. Reports can be exported into excel format for ease of use.
  • Deliveries picked and packed to requisition point - Saving you valuable time distributing items throughout your trust.
  • Materials management - Our eDC system is available to help manage your store room stock levels and automate replenishment.

More savings

  • Pay less - With NHS Supply Chain you have a wider range of product options so you can select the ones that are fit-for-purpose and value-for-money.
  • Leave your tendering to us - Spend less time and money on tendering and let our procurement specialists undertake it on your behalf.
  • Back office savings - The efficiencies of our service, ranging from e-ordering to consolidated deliveries, enable significant back office savings.

More choice

  • Choice of brands from a single source - Providing you with one of the UK’s widest choice of healthcare product and brands from a single source, reducing your trust admin - helping you save time and money.

More value

  • Economies of scale - Biggest does not always mean best, but in the case of NHS Supply Chain having a national operation with seven distribution centres means we can offer the service and purchasing power that local NHS trusts deserve.
  • An integrated approach - The financial benefits of NHS Supply Chain go beyond just product prices. Our approach is an integrated one that reduces cost throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to global logistics, resulting in a much lower total cost.
  • Purchasing through our route - When there are changes in the market, we can help minimise the impact of price rises and give support with cost-saving initiatives.

Our knowledge and expertise

  • Dedicated Account Managers - Your day to day contact for all queries. They will help you identify savings opportunities, solve any issues on your behalf and ensure high service levels are always met.
  • Clinical Nurse Advisors - Our team of trained Clinical Nurse Advisors are available to support you and your trust. 
  • Healthcare Services Team - The Healthcare Services team develop the future strategies for the Acute and Community market sectors,
    ensuring the right services and support are in place to meet your needs.
  • NHS Supply Chain Buyers - Procurement specialists in their product fields who can give expert advice on new and alternative products.
  • Implementation Team - Experts in helping you set up the new processes and training required when introducing new products.
  • Customer Services Team - With the daily support provided by our dedicated and knowledgeable advisors and service managers you know you are in safe hands. 
  • Consultation Groups - We consult with our Consultation Groups and other relevant parties drawn from the NHS, so that we can be sure the products we are providing are fit for purpose in every way.

Peace of mind

  • Dependable deliveries- Having access to the know-how and resources of one of the world’s largest logistics companies means we can offer unrivalled dependability and responsiveness when it comes to our delivery services.
  • Public Contracts Regulations 2006 - The Framework Agreement has been procured in accordance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2006.
  • Data safety sheets - Full documentation for safety is easily accessed through our online catalogue.
  • Sustainable development - We are certified to ISO 140001 International Standard for Environment Management System.
  • Sustainable procurement - We are working to reduce our carbon emissions by 15%.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL and acts as an agent of the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA) in its procurement.


Key Information



  • Reference2012/S 200-329003
  • Launch Date01/07/2013
  • Expiry Date31/07/2017
  • Supply RouteStocked | Blue Diamond | eDirect |
  • CategoryWound Care |
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