Our supply strategy has had several strands, to help us increase vital supplies. We’ve:
- continued sourcing from existing strong supply chains
- secured short-term contracts to help us meet surplus demand, extending PPE supply to all areas of health and social care
- built strong foundations in Scotland that are strengthening Scotland’s supply chain and resilience, working closely with partners
We’ve also chartered flights from China directly to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, from April to June. The planes carried essential PPE and NHS supplies, including over 100 million face masks, infusion pumps for Intensive Care Units and virus-collecting kits for use in health laboratories.
In partnership with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government, our NP team continues to work alongside Scottish businesses who’ve innovated, invested, and developed manufacturing processes to help deliver critical supply to support Scotland’s response.
This has included establishing entirely new supply chains:
- PPE gowns to protect frontline staff
- a new solution to streamline the testing process and further help to keep laboratory staff safe
We’ve also worked with businesses to internationally source and supply approved COVID-19 swab sample testing kits, as well as new testing equipment to support critically ill patients in remote locations.
In a time of wider economic challenges, these partnership efforts to build strong supply chain foundations in Scotland are not only delivering supplies, they’re also helping to support – and sometimes create – jobs in Scotland’s economy. Our recent announcement of a £53m order with a Dumfriesshire-based supplier will see the creation of around 200 jobs, as well as securing supply of PPE masks and visors until summer 2021.