Procurement - keeping it local

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What we are doing

We support neighbourhood businesses, buying locally whenever we can. We've been working on a number of projects that help local businesses to bid to supply us with goods and services. 

Our procurement team is also working to improve the environmental credentials of the products and services we buy.

For example, we use recycled content syringes, work with suppliers to reduce excess packaging, and proactively manage our medical supplies to reduce the risk of having to dispose of unused stock.

Supply chain management

We manage over £8 million of our stock through 350 fully automated inventory systems covering over 45,000 product stock across our theatres and wards. The systems are designed to only re-order what is needed and provide real-time visibility of stock levels across the Trust to reduce the risk of unnecessary waste and stock going out of date.

During 2019 we will be replacing our fleet of diesel trucks with new electric trucks to transport products between our hospital and community sites. We are also undertaking a feasibility study to set up an off-site logistics centre to reduce the volume of delivery vehicles onto our main hospital sites to improve air quality and congestion. 

Member of the South London Procurement Network

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is a member of the South London Procurement Network which aims to support local economic growth in south London.

For more information, see www.slpn.org.uk.

Find out more

For more information about what we are doing to support neighbourhood businesses, contact David Lawson.