NHS Ayrshire and Arran - Elimination of Theatre Supplies overspend

The challenge

GE Healthcare Finnamore were engaged by NHS Ayrshire and Arran to assist with their Theatre stock overspend. This was the greatest contributor of overspend within the divisional budget, exceeding £200-400K per annum in each of the previous 3 years, increasing year on year.

There was evident variability in sourcing items, with only 12% items from National distribution centre (NDC – NHs Supply Chain in Scotland). Few mechanisms were in place to review and control theatre stock, with little understanding of what stock is held where, and in what quantities. As a result, high levels of excess consumables existed, with a need to store some stock in the corridors.