Retford Hospital getting best deal for NHS patients

Procurement director Andrea Smith and deputy Richard Somerset receiving the award.
Procurement director Andrea Smith and deputy Richard Somerset receiving the award.
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The team responsible for buying supplies, services and equipment, and for making plans for the future, at Retford Hospital has landed a prestigious award.

For level-one accreditation in NHS procurement and commercial standards has been granted to the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital as well as three others.

The accreditation recognises that the organisation has the “awareness and building blocks in place” to achieve the highest standards of procurement and to get the best deal for the local NHS.

The trust’s procurement department is responsible for managing purchases, negotiating pricing for essential items and planning what it might need in the future, all in order to continue to deliver high-quality care as efficiently as possible.

Andrea Smith, procurement director at the trust, said: “This achievement recognises the great work achieved here. This is a team effort, and testament to the hard work and dedication of all staff involved in getting the best deal for the health service.”

The trust also oversees services at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough. It is part of the Working Together Partnership, which comprises seven hospital trusts in the region.