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Polymer - Aprons

Ref:2017/105

ICN number:105

  • Date:05/07/2017
  • Product area:

Inform:

  • BPI China, the former polythene aprons supplier on the NHS Supply Chain framework, is no longer manufacturing and has closed its factory in China. This is creating a shortage of aprons in the UK.
  • Demand placed on NHS Supply Chain for aprons from the new supplier, HPC Healthline, has increased as NHS Trusts have moved volume to ensure supply.

Change:

  • Following a retender of the Polymer Products framework, the supply of polythene aprons has been sole awarded to HPC Healthline Ltd.
  • In order to mitigate cost pressures and price increases due to currency fluctuations and the rise in the price of two raw materials, Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) and Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), we have worked with HPC Healthline Ltd. to produce a new re-engineered apron. Whilst the specification and dimensions remain the same, the new range is made from Medium Density Polyethylene (MDPE) and will be 13 micron.

Important Note -Supply Issues:

  • Although stock has been purchased to provide continuity of supply whilst the new aprons range is manufactured, BPI’s withdrawal from the market has led to significant increases in demand. This means stock of a small number of the coloured aprons is likely to run out before the new range replacements are available to order.
  • The majority of existing lines remain in stock and we are working to ensure continuity of supply while waiting for the new aprons range from HPC Healthline Ltd to arrive.
  • We expect the new HPC Healthline Ltd range of aprons to become available on a code by code basis from July through to September 2017.
  • Seven existing product lines are currently low on stock and will be unavailable to order through our online catalogue. These are; BTB015 green apron, BTB048 white apron, BTB049 blue apron, BTB250 white apron, BTB268 green apron, BTB270 pink apron and BTB271 clear apron.
  • Alternatives are available to order through our online catalogue.

Customer Impact:

  • BTB015 (green apron 16 micron 59 inch) is being delisted but is still in stock. Once stock has been depleted, customers will be offered the direct alternative (BTB069) on our online catalogue.
  • BTB048 (white apron 16 micron 46 inch) is being delisted but is still in stock. Once stock has been depleted, customers will be offered alternatives on our online catalogue. However, please note the current alternative, BTB093 is 4 inches shorter. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB074) will be available from 12 September 2017.
  • BTB049 (blue apron 16 micron 46 inch) is being delisted and will be unavailable to order. Customers will be offered direct alternatives on our online catalogue. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB075) will be available from 18 September 2017.
  • BTB089 (white apron 16 micron 46 inch) is currently low on stock and will be unavailable to order through our online catalogue from mid-July. Customers will be offered direct alternatives on our online catalogue.
  • BTB250 (white apron 16 micron 53 inch) is being delisted and will be unavailable to order. Customers will be offered direct alternatives on our online catalogue. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB079) will be available from 6 September 2017.
  • BTB268 (green apron 16 micron 46 inch) is being delisted and is unavailable to order. Customers will be offered alternatives on our online catalogue. An indirect alternative BTB254 is available to order through our online catalogue. It is of the same specification but the length is 53 inches rather than 46 inches and it is more expensive. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB084) will be available from 11 July 2017.
  • BTB270 (pink apron 16 micron 46 inch) is being delisted but is still in stock. Once stock has been depleted, customers will be offered direct alternatives on our online catalogue. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB087) will be available from 12 September 2017.
  • BTB271 (clear apron 16 micron 46 inch) is being delisted but is still in stock. Once stock has been depleted, customers will be offered direct alternatives on our online catalogue. The new re-engineered apron from HPC (BTB088) will be available from 12 September 2017.

Customer Next Steps:

  • Customers purchasing BTB015, BTB048, BTB049, BTB250, BTB268, BTB270 and BTB271 should review alternative product lines on our online catalogue.
  • Customers purchasing BTB268 are advised to log onto our website and review the potential alternative product lines listed at the link below.
  • We will continue to monitor the stock levels of all the apron products and keep you informed of any change.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager or Customer Service Advisor.

 

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