PPE CRISIS: SUPPLY IS THERE – AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE NHS SUPPLY CHAIN

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Virtualstock’s cloud based platform, The Edge4Health™, delivered in partnership with NHS Shared Business Services, enables hospital trusts to access critical supplies more quickly through their online marketplace and catalogue.  Virtualstock were recently approached by the Department of Health and Social Care to support in coordinating the centralised procurement effort, and are now acting as an extension to the NHS supply chain.

The Catalogue is an easy to use online catalogue which offers access to c. two million products from PPE equipment to IT equipment from 5,000+ suppliers including NHS Supply Chain, and leading manufacturers such as Medtronic, Argos, and JB-Braun.  Virtualstock are currently working with around 140 trusts, having seen an increase of 600 per cent increase of Trusts signing up to the platform since the equipment shortages began.  Care homes and GP surgeries are also signing up to access much needed supplies. 

But the platform isn’t just benefiting NHS organisations, small-medium suppliers who have previously struggled to sell products to the NHS, due to the bureaucratic procurement procedures, are now able to sign-up to the platform and provide much-needed resources quickly.  

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