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National Distribution Centre

07 February 2013

Deliveries of vital supplies to hospitals across Scotland have reached an all-time high, with over 43 million items delivered in 2012, worth £118 million.

Based at the National Distribution Centre in Lanarkshire, the National Procurement fleet worked around the clock in all weathers to ensure that supplies of everything from syringes to surgical gowns could get through to support patient care.

In 2012:

- Warehouse staff picked 43.7 million items, worth £118 million. 
- Delivery trucks travelled 1.1 million miles to every part of Scotland.
- National contracts and deliveries generated £26 million of savings for NHSScotland overall.

Colin Sinclair, National Procurement Director said: "At National Procurement, we save NHSScotland time and money, which means they can focus on treating patients.

"Our deliveries are made to hospitals across Scotland, day and night. And last year, 98 per cent of orders could be made up immediately from stock on the shelves.

"Since we were set up in 2006, we have secured savings of over £200 million for NHS Scotland. This is money which can then be reinvested in the front line - treating patients.

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