DHL Supply Chain works with NHS in COVID-19 battle

By Sean Galea-Pace
DHL Supply Chain is working with the NHS to provide critical support services in the healthcare battle against coronavirus. As a result of being introd...

DHL Supply Chain is working with the NHS to provide critical support services in the healthcare battle against coronavirus.

As a result of being introduced to manage new supply chains, DHL Supply Chain will support the development and running of the emergency Nightingale field hospitals country-wide.

Despite normally taking around six months to put in place, it was up and running within two weeks as the transformation of ExCel London into a hospital happened in record time.

Operations have been set up in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and Liverpool, where around 3,000 lines of essential medical equipment and consumables will be received, stored, picked and delivered straight to the hospitals.


Patient Monitors and Ultrasound systems will be developed on site through the support of manufacturer personnel enabling the equipment to be put to immediate use in current ICU departments or field hospitals.

"This is a time when businesses need to get behind our National Health Service more than ever," commented David Pierpoint, Managing Director UK, Life Sciences and Healthcare at DHL Supply Chain. "Through the expertise and commitment of our teams and their drive to support frontline NHS workers and patients, we’ve helped get a new hospital open in a matter of days, alleviate pressure on the ambulance service and access much needed equipment."

DHL’s NHS procurement teams have also been helping with the sourcing of COVID-19 equipment  and consumables for NHS Trust ICU’s and the Nightingale Field Hospital, which includes Ventilators, Patient Monitoring, Vascular Ultrasound, Mobile X-Ray, Laryngoscopes and CT Scanners. There is set to be phased deliveries for the new equipment over the next two months.

DHL’s Patient Transport team will also offer extra non-emergency ambulance services to patients diagnosed with COVID-19. For example, this would include those cared for in the community with kidney disease, who are particularly at risk, are being collected and taken for renal dialysis three times a week.

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