Visit to NHS Logistics Alfreton

Orford, Keith
September 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;Sep2000, Vol. 2 Issue 7, p68
Trade Publication
In the 1980s, the responsibility for the supplies of the National Health Service (NHS) of Great Britain rested with each District Health Authority, each with its own stores and distribution arrangements. The visit of the special interest groups of the Institute of Logistics and Transport to the headquarters of the NHS Logistics at Derbyshire, in 2000, showed how this had been transformed during the 1990s. Staff numbers are now down to around 1,500, from a high of 6,500, and 127,000 individual ordering points are supplied at 10,000 locations. Ordering is from an online catalog which has involved national product coding of some 20,000 items. Breaking bulk is a key part of the daily operation. This is accomplished from four major distribution centers backed up by 12 smaller depots. The plan is to focus on six main distribution centers. Lead times are down to 48 hours at the most and stock turnover rates have trebled.


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