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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust agrees cash release savings deal with Vernacare

Vernacare : 19 June, 2012  (Company News)
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust agrees an exclusive two-year partnership with medical pulp supplier Vernacare, also based in Bolton, to release savings of more than £20,000 across the two year deal, and benefit from UK kite marked quality standards.
Vernacare's single-use urinals, bedpans, washbowls and other products will continue to be used - helping the hospital to maintain excellent standards of infection prevention and achieve the highest standards of patient care.

"The two year cost-reduction agreement on a high volume product such as medical pulp helps us to meet savings targets and improve budgeting", said Darren Phipps, Procurement Projects Manager for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. "It's rare to achieve a two-year price commitment and we're confident that we've agreed a good price . We've purchased Vernacare pulp for many years and the product performance has always been excellent."

"We're really pleased to partner with a local supplier, which will also help us meet sustainability targets by reducing our carbon footprint through fewer transport miles. We know from previous experience that Vernacare's supply system is very responsive and won't ever leave us short of stock."

Julie Dziobon, Matron for Infection Control, said: "We trust Vernacare's medical pulp to never leak and to do the job it's designed for. The quality is outstanding and helps us to achieve excellent standards of hygiene".

"We use the full range of pulp across our wards and helped Vernacare to develop its  single-use wash bowl as we were one of the trial sites. We appreciate the added value Vernacare brings through its territory managers, who are very knowledgeable and always accessible, and help with training sessions and commode audits."

Vernacare recently announced that it was reducing its medical pulp prices by up to 19 percent to provide the NHS with cash savings totalling £1.5 million per year - guaranteed through to 2014.

"By securing a volume commitment from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and other NHS hospitals, we are able to manufacture our products more competitively and offer long-term, low cost assurance, said Philip Bradley, UK Commercial Manager for Vernacare. "Recent investment in factory automation and ongoing manufacturing efficiencies, together with a fundamental restructuring of our business,  has enabled us to release these significant cash savings into the NHS.  This is being achieved without sacrificing our exceptional standards of quality, service and UK innovation for which Vernacare is so widely respected."


The Bolton manufacturing business invented the Vernacare System of hygienic human waste management almost 50 years ago. Today, Vernacare provides the largest range of medical pulp products to the NHS and has held the BSI kitemark on its pulp since 1999. The company’s stringent quality control ensures superior leak-proof product performance and the prevention of malfunction to pulp disposal equipment, which can be costly to repair and cause blockages to drains.  These high quality standards are evidenced by the fact that the company had just 0.0007 percent complaints last year from the 140 million items of pulp supplied.


Vernacare is an eco-friendly ISO 14001 approved manufacturer - using recycled newsprint, and no bleach or dye in its products.

In the past 12 months, NHS data reveals that Vernacare delivered 97.33 percent of orders on-time, in-full. As a British manufacturer and supplier it contributes towards the NHS Sustainability agenda through minimising product transport miles and avoiding air miles.

The company partners with NHS clinicians to pursue continuous innovation, and its patented detergent-proof single-use wash bowl has recently won the Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category).
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