Medequip has been awarded a new contract to provide community equipment services (CES) across the city until the end of November 2023.
Awarded by NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG and Derby City Council, the new contract will see the introduction of three levels of service delivery.
Under the contract, Delivery Speed 1 will mean equipment will be delivered within four hours from the time of prescription. This will enable fast turnaround to support hospital discharges requiring urgent equipment deliveries.
Delivery Speed 2 will guarantee delivery within 24 hours, and Delivery Speed 3 will enable equipment deliveries within three days.
When equipment is required to be transferred between locations, the transfer will now fall under three new service speed options.
Transfer Speed 1 will mean equipment can be transferred from the current location to the new location within four hours. Transfer Speed 2, within 24 hours and Transfer Speed 3, within three days. Collections of equipment no longer required will be within five days.
Medequip has partnered with NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG and Derby City Council since 2011, managing the Equipment Loan Service and helping to keep the people of Derby City independent in their own homes for longer.
Alongside this work, Medequip will be providing equipment to support the local KITE (Kids In Their Environment) Community Nursing Team.
These specialist nurses work with children and young adults with long-term conditions requiring extra care and support, enabling them to be nursed at home.
Medequip will also be providing clinical consumables and clinical equipment to all adults with long-term conditions that fall into the specialist services category.
Glen Dennis, Operations Manager at Medequip, said: “We look forward to building further on our relationship to continue to provide relevant and appropriate services to people living in the city, helping to keep them safe and independent at home.”