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Scotland’s NHS sets up equipment ‘swap shop’

26 May 2015 | Herpreet Grewal


The Scottish Health Service has awarded a contract to a furniture and equipment reuse firm.


The deal aims to generate savings of more than £300,000 and big carbon reductions across FM and waste services by reusing office equipment and facilities within the public sector.


The contract awarded to ‘Warp It’ is the first scheme of its kind to be available to 140,000 staff working in the 2,000 NHS facilities across Scotland.


The scheme works by members listing unwanted items that can then be viewed and claimed by others. When assets are added to the system, they are first advertised to internal staff. Those unclaimed after a period of time may be sent to storage or can be advertised to preferred partners on the system.


Warp It offers an automatic means of internal and external redistribution of goods that also tracks assets to report on waste, procurement, carbon savings and donations to charities. Donations of surplus stock to charity last year totalled more than £340,000.


Wendy Rayner, sustainability manager, facilities directorate, procurement commissioning and facilities, NHS National Services Scotland, said: “Reuse and sharing of surplus assets is important for NHS Scotland because over 50 per cent of our carbon emissions come from the supply chain and procurement of goods. 


"Anything we can do to extend the lifetime of products and delay purchase reduces spend and environmental impact. NHS Scotland realises that the most sustainable procurement is when we do not have to procure.”


Daniel O’Connor, chief reuse officer at Warp It, said: “Although reuse is typically seen as a waste management solution, the benefits to procurement often prove far more significant.”