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The NHS is always keen to achieve the best value for the goods and services it buys whilst supporting local businesses and reducing carbon emissions. Barnsley Hospital buys from local producers and suppliers and uses local services when it can. For example much of the hospital’s food is grown and produced locally and it often uses local builders to improve or maintain the hospital.

Dawn Hanwell, director of finance explains: “As part of our efforts to help local businesses and to be a fair trading partner we try to pay invoices within just 30 days of receipt.

We are doing this is 92% of cases but we recognise that in the current economic climate even 30 days can be a long time. So we are now trying to pay as many invoices as possible within only 10 days. We do need the invoice to be submitted accurately and our order number to be quoted to help us help local businesses.”

“If any of our suppliers with outstanding invoices are experiencing difficulty with cash flow we will endeavour to help by arranging payment within a few days, as long as the goods or service have been provided and we have the invoice.”

To access the express payments service suppliers should contact Rob Kirkby in Finance on 01226 433949 or email rob.kirkby@nhs.net

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