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Yorkshire and North Lincs trusts to centralise stores and purchasing functions

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What’s the next phase of the Yorks and North Lincs trusts’ collaboration on pharmaceutical products?

A new phase of the medicines collaboration by Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire trusts is expected to save £17m.

The Health Service Journal has reported that the trusts are considering a new business model in which medicines would be ‘picked and packed’ by the wholesaler before delivery to a central store, which would replace separate stores held by each trust.

Pharmacy teams would then supply wards and clinical areas.

The aims include reducing the investment in stock held in individual hospital stores, and making savings in back office functions. The savings are estimated at a one-off saving of £4.5m in stocks and further administrative savings of £13m realised over 10 years.

The trusts involved are the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, York Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (FT) and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole FT, plus the trusts of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT).

The WYAAT trusts are: Airedale FT; Bradford Teaching Hospitals FT; Calderdale and Huddersfield FT; Harrogate and District FT; Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust; and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Further information

HSJNine trusts plan pharma network to save £17m