NHS Supply Chain to open new regional distribution centre on Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds
NHS Supply Chain is to open a new regional distribution centre on Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds.
It is due to move from its warehouse, in Olding Road, to a 147,000 sq ft unit on the business park, which provides extra space.
The distribution centre will be operated by NHS Supply Chain's logistics provider Unipart Logistics and is scheduled to open in May 2020.
Chris Holmes, director of supply chain for NHS Supply Chain, said: "Our investment in this new warehouse is a significant step forward to realising our ambition of providing additional warehousing capacity for the NHS."
Its current warehouse in Olding Road is owned by West Suffolk Council, which will use the site for its Western Way Development to bring public services together including a new Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.
The centre will continue to serve NHS organisations in the South East region and parts of East Anglia and follows the new NHS Supply Chain Operating Model to leverage the collective buying power of the NHS to provide clinically assured products at the best value.
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Mr Holmes added: "It’s key to our long-term strategy of increasing usage of the NHS Supply Chain from circa 40 percent to 80 percent of NHS procurement spend on medical consumables and medical devices.
"We will be working closely with our provider Unipart Logistics during the design and build phase to ensure that we are ready for our planned opening in May 2020."
Frank Burns, managing director at Unipart Logistics, added: “The new Bury St Edmunds site is an important enabler as we continue to identify opportunities to release value to NHS customers.
"By increasing our capacity, we can ensure we maximise productivity and efficiency within the logistics operation for NHS Supply Chain, and continue to provide a quality-led service."