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Vernacare’s efficiency savings makes infection prevention more affordable for the NHS

Vernacare : 09 May, 2008  (Company News)
Vernacare is passing on its efficiency savings to NHS Trusts to ensure that infection prevention care is more affordable.
The company, which has been supplying the NHS with high quality Infection control products for more than 40 years, has recently invested 1.5 million in automating its Bolton-based factory to improve efficiency, boost quality and increase capacity.

Six new robotic production lines have been installed as part of a wider business improvement drive, which has resulted in higher levels of productivity.

By raising its performance Vernacare was able to cut prices by 13 percent in 2006 and with ongoing efficiencies the company launched a rebate scheme of up to four per cent for loyal customers, based on spend over a 12 month period.

In England and Wales alone, NHS Trusts have shared a 282,000 rebate for 2007, on top of the earlier 13 per cent price reduction.

Those Trusts tapping into the expertise of their regional purchasing hub have made impressive collective savings. Among them, the North West Collaborative Procurement Hub has benefited from a 41,400 rebate to share with its members. And in 2008, Vernacare has announced an additional rebate of up to two per cent for those customers which continue to achieve the same value of orders they placed in 2007.

Lesley Webster, sales and marketing director for Vernacare said: “We are very pleased to be able to give something back to those loyal customers who help us to operate more effectively by giving us a regular flow of business that we can plan into our schedule. By working together in this win-win fashion it means we can operate at peak efficiency, give fantastic customer service, and pass on those cost savings.”

Sue Pickup, senior category manager for the North West Collaborative Procurement Hub, said: “By grouping together through the Hub, North West NHS Trusts have been able to afford the highest quality Infection control products from Vernacare at the lowest possible prices. What’s more, they are supporting local enterprise and local employment through buying locally, and dramatically reducing the number of travel miles involved in delivery. This smart buying approach really works and helps our members to achieve ever higher standards of patient care.

“Vernacare’s products meet the highest environmental accredited standards. Their full range of medical pulp products is made from recycled newspaper and no bleach or dye is added.”

The disposable single use product range is used in conjunction with the Verna macerator waste disposal unit, a system used by 85 percent of UK hospitals. The macerator disintegrates the pulp and washes it down the drain as part of a cold water cycle.
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