Ceva Logistics has been awarded a contract by NHS Scotland National Procurement to deliver consumables to hospitals in Scotland.
The operation will roll out over the next 12 months and Ceva will handle deliveries for up to 40 main hospitals in Scotland by the end of 2008.
Two years ago NHS Scotland decided it was more efficient and cost-effective to offer the boards a central purchasing and sourcing function for certain product categories, and set up a national distribution centre at Larkhall, just south of Glasgow, from where Ceva manages its distribution contract.
Stephen Mitchell, NHS operations manager NDC and transport, said: “Ceva’s experience in operating transport contracts of this type is second to none. We awarded the contract knowing that the service would be in safe hands.”
NHS Scotland National Procurement is a central service supporting the 15 health boards in Scotland. Until about two years ago, each of these boards was responsible for its own sourcing of consumable items such as hand towels, sanitary items, plastic bottles and tubes.