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Vernacare's 'Austerity Partnership' rewards loyal customers
Vernacare has launched an 'Austerity Partnership' with NHS Trusts to enable hospitals to make sustainable cost savings on medical pulp without compromising on exceptional quality standards or patient care.
In conjunction with NHS Supply Chain, Vernacare is helping hospitals to lock in guaranteed long term savings, while giving them an opportunity to buy sustainable British products to support the national economy and British jobs.
The Austerity Partnership rewards loyal customers for their valued business and long term commitment to Vernacare - helping NHS Trusts to meet ambitious cost reduction targets. Through securing a purchasing commitment, Vernacare can pass on generous year-on-year cost reductions and rebates to the NHS.
South Tees Hospital NHS Trust is one of many Trusts to commit to the partnership with Vernacare. Pat Lloyd, Deputy to the Assistant Director of Procurement, 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."
The purchasing commitment means Vernacare can maintain and increase its production volume to make viable further investment in its Lancashire production facilities and secure operating efficiencies and cost reductions. This will enable the company to absorb increased raw material costs and share cost savings with customers. Vernacare is also operating an exclusive discount scheme on its British designed and manufactured macerators.
"Vernacare is a top 30 supplier to the NHS - supplying the health service for almost 50 years with the innovative pulp products and the VernacareSystem of patient toileting we invented," said Lesley Webster, UK Director, Vernacare. "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."
As a British supplier, Vernacare's service and delivery record is first class, with 99.9% of orders delivered on-time and in-full, contributing towards the NHS Sustainability agenda through minimising product transport miles and avoiding air miles.
Lesley Webster added: "Clinical staff appreciate the outstanding quality of Vernacare pulp, and the fact that it never leaks. Each and every batch produced is of a guaranteed consistent quality - tested for maceration - which means that it disintegrates totally through maceration and doesn't cause blockages in drains, which can be an expensive problem with other pulp brands.
Vernacare is an eco-friendly ISO 14001 approved manufacturer - using recycled newsprint, and no bleach or dye in its products. It is the only pulp manufacturer that carries a British quality Kitemark - adhering to independent PAS 29 assessment.
The company partners with NHS clinicians to pursue continuous innovation, and its patented detergent-proof single-use wash bowl has recently won the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation Category).
For further information on Vernacare's Austerity Partnership:
T: 01204 529494
23rd June 2011