Vernacare, a specialist manufacturer of single-use patient toileting products, has launched an ‘Austerity Partnership’ with NHS Trusts.
The new agreement, mediated by NHS Supply Chain, enables hospitals to make sustainable cost savings on medical pulp products such as bedpans.
The Austerity Partnership rewards customer loyalty: where it secures a purchasing commitment, Vernacare offers year-on-year cost reductions and rebates. The company is also operating an exclusive discount scheme on its UK-manufactured macerators.
The purchasing commitment will enable Vernacare to increase its production volume by investing in its Lancashire production facilities.
Like the pulp magazines that flourished during the Great Depression, medical pulp products offer cost-effective solutions that minimise resource use. Vernacare’s medical pulp products are based on recycled newsprint, with no bleach or dye. The company is the only pulp manufacturer to carry a Kitemark.
Pat Lloyd, Deputy to the Assistant Director of Procurement at South Tees Hospital NHS Trust, said: “This new agreement provides us with continued value for money and fixed price savings from Vernacare. We have trialled pulp products from other suppliers, but there have been supply and quality issues, including the hidden cost of ward staff using two or three of these products stacked together just to safeguard against leaking.
“Vernacare’s patented pulp is independently tested to the highest quality standards and we have confidence in the efficacy of their products.”
“We offer the most comprehensive range of top quality single-use pulp, and invest in dedicated customer care support and territory managers, who provide valuable staff training, hygiene audits and study day support,” said Lesley Webster, UK Director, Vernacare. “Clinical staff appreciate the outstanding quality of Vernacare pulp, and the fact that it never leaks.”
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