Working in partnership with Dundee technology company to source vital COVID-19 test swab supply

NHS National Services Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise to increase the amount of health supplies that can be manufactured, sourced and supplied in Scotland.

As well as working with businesses to supply personal protective equipment (PPE), we’re also working with companies across Scotland to supply a wide range of other vital supplies.

Businesses like Hutchison Technologies in Dundee. Since the beginning of April, our National Procurement team has worked with the global manufacturing and outsourcing company to internationally source a suitable quality and supply of approved COVID-19 swab sample testing kits.

With approvals now in place, the first order of COVID-19 swab sample testing kits has now been fulfilled, with more consignments planned to support Test and Protect – Scotland’s approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

Gordon Beattie, National Procurement Director at NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) said: “As part of the COVID-19 response, NSS National Procurement is committed to working with suppliers and manufacturers across Scotland and beyond to ensure flexible and sustainable supplies that meet the highest standards. Working in partnership with Hutchison International has helped to ensure an increased supply of swab sample testing kits throughout NHS Scotland.”

Trade Minister Ivan McKee said: “We have received thousands of offers of support from organisations across the country, and it is fantastic to see so many businesses like Hutchison Technologies step up to support the national response.

“Their work with NHS Scotland and Scottish Enterprise is making a huge contribution to Scotland’s COVID19 response, and demonstrates what can be achieved when the public and private sectors collaborate to tackle the many challenges caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hutchison Technologies’ contribution is helping ensure that frontline staff have the protection they need, and we will continue to work with them and others to ensure this remains the case.”

 

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