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Warehouse supplies team thanked by CEO

UHNM’s supplies and procurement warehouse team have been thanked by the hospital’s chief executive for making their colleagues feel welcome and supported during the pandemic. In addition to their normal duties the warehouse team also supported the logistical response to the Covid-19 outbreak, which created increased pressure on the supply chain. Staff from the hospital sterilisation and decontamination unit (HSDU) were redeployed to work with the warehouse team and have spoken of their admiration for their work ethic.

Pete Hill, supplies and procurement warehouse and distribution assistant, said: “The warehouse team made us all feel very welcome and took time to help train us to become effective members of staff. Their attitude was exemplary and despite being overwhelmed with work they were always helpful and approachable.”

During the curse of the pandemic the warehouse team processed approximately 1800 pallets of PPE stock which serviced both the Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital sites. The warehouse was also the holding hub for lateral flow test kit devices for staff testing. The team have now been given the Chief Executive’s Award.

Tracy Bullock, chief executive officer, said: “The warehouse team play a crucial role in the running of our hospital and without their support, we wouldn’t be able to get essential supplies to staff on the wards. They help get things to the right place at the right time and it’s really important that we recognise the contribution and commitment of the team.”

Nathan Joy-Johnson, Director of Supplies and Procurement, said: “The team have done, and continue to do, an outstanding job in supporting our clinical and operational colleagues throughout the trust and the senior management team and I am very proud of them. This appreciation extends to all warehouse, receipts, distribution and operational staff and all colleagues in the wider integrated supplies and procurement department (ISPD) supporting the Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent and Black Country health economies.”

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