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Procurement & Distribution

The Pharmacy Procurement and Distribution team are responsible for the procurement, ordering, receipt, storage and distribution of over 5000 drug lines to over 200 different clinical locations throughout the trust. This team provides an essential component of the pharmacy service without which the other services could not operate

The Pharmacy Procurement & Distribution team ensures the effective and efficient ordering and supply of all medications within the Trust.


The team is responsible for the procurement and invoicing of all medicines including specials and unlicensed medicines. Many products are on national or regional contracts but the price paid may also be negotiated at local level.


The department has over 5000 stock lines located in the stores and dispensary areas and the correct receipt and storage of these products is the responsibility of dedicated pharmacy staff. Many products require temperature specific storage and are monitored both manually and electronically.


The Pharmacy department has a central distribution centre based at UHND that, with the help of an automated dispensing system (the robot), provides a service to all wards and departments across the Trust. Different levels of supply service are provided to the wards and departments ranging from supplying orders generated by the ward to the management of the ward stock including re-stocking of drug locations. The team are responsible for the assembly of ward and clinic orders and their timely delivery to the wards and departments plays an important part in patient care. The team are also responsible for the recycling of medicines and to manage the waste management policy for the department.


The procurement team also manage the Homecare service where medication is supplied to patients at home by a separate company; this includes the charging of medicines to individual patients.



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