29 November 2007 | Helen Gilbert
A specialist imaging procurement team is supporting the University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust in equipping its new hospital with all its diagnostic needs, including CT and MRI scanners.
NHS Supply Chain, managed by DHL Logistics, has been working alongside the UHB's new hospital project team since July 2007.
The hospital, due to open in 2010, is being funded by a £545 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme but equipment will be bought with trust money.
The team is using NHS Supply Chain's national framework contract for medical imaging and diagnostic equipment.
Processes for the purchase of major medical equipment for the 40 specialist treatment rooms have been developed and the team has worked closely with clinicians to ensure the best equipment is bought.
Andy Harris, head of procurement at UHB NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement: "Medical equipment accounts for a huge amount of work involved in equipping the new hospital, and tapping into the specific expertise of NHS Supply Chain's imaging specialists is absolutely key. The support from the team will help us to deliver the procurement project within rigorous PFI timescales."
Contracts for the new hospital's imaging equipment are expected to be awarded in June 2008 in line with PFI building schedules.