DHL Supply Chain Battles COVID-19
April 28, 2020
DHL Supply Chain is working alongside
the NHS to deliver vital support services in the healthcare battle
The company has been drafted in to manage new supply chains which will
support the build and running of the emergency Nightingale field
hospitals across the country.
The supply chain operation which would normally take up to 6 months to
put in place, was up and running within two weeks, enabling the
transformation of ExCeL London into a hospital in record time.
To support the regional emergency hospitals, operations have been set-up
in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, and Liverpool, where approximately 3,000
lines of key medical equipment and consumables will be received, stored,
picked and delivered straight to the hospitals. In total the sites will
handle over 20,000 pallets in the next two months. Patient Monitors and
Ultrasound systems will be assembled on site with the support of
manufacturer personnel allowing the equipment to be put into immediate
use in current ICU departments or field hospitals.
DHL’s NHS procurement teams have also been supporting the sourcing of
COVID-19 equipment and consumables for NHS Trust ICU’s and the
Nightingale Field Hospital including Ventilators, Patient Monitoring,
Vascular Ultrasound, Mobile X-Ray, Laryngoscopes and CT Scanners. Phased
deliveries for the new equipment will run over next two months.
Pierpoint, Managing Director UK, Life Sciences and Healthcare at DHL
Supply Chain said: “This is a time when businesses need to get behind
our National Health Service more than ever. Through the expertise and
commitment of our teams and their drive to support frontline NHS workers
and patients, we’ve helped get a new hospital open in a matter of days,
alleviate pressure on the ambulance service and access much needed
In addition to the work to support the field hospitals, DHL’s Patient
Transport team are providing extra non-emergency ambulance services to
patients diagnosed with COVID-19. For example those being cared for in
the community with kidney disease, who are especially at risk, are being
collected and taken for renal dialysis three times a week.