Public Sector Network Tender Alert


401405-2012: UK-Southampton: Blood-transfusion supplies

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is seeking a strategic partner for the provision of a managed service or a managed equipment service to meet the requirements of its Blood Transfusion Department.
UHS Blood Transfusion serves the UHS Teaching Hospital, Princess Anne Maternity Hospital, Lymington New Forest Hospital and is one of the Major Trauma Centres for the South of England.
It is anticipated that this list could expand within the life of the contract considering the Pathology Modernisation Agenda initiatives that are taking place; although there is no guarantee that this will happen. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Pathology Consortium is currently being formed and will want to include all of its sites within the proposed tender, including sites within Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and The Isle of Wight NHS Trust.
The following gives an indication of workloads.
Isle of Wight NHS Trust
15 000 requests (p.a.)
4 000 red cell issues (p.a.)
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
63 000 requests (p.a.)
26 000 red cell issues (p.a.)
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
74 000 requests (p.a.)
35 000 red cell issues (p.a.)
(Specific numbers will be provided within the specification documents).
Interested parties are to be aware of emerging best practice and advances in their approach throughout the life of the contract.
There is a clear expectation that the service provider will work closely with the pathology department, consortium and the constituent Trusts; and strive to continuously improve service delivery, embrace innovation and provide a flexible service which can readily respond to changing needs.
A phased implementation approach may be required over the life of the contract such that not all of the listed provisions within scope will be provided for the full term of the contract.
Interested parties are advised to seek a site survey to understand the complexities of the service required.
The Managed Service Agreement will be for 5 plus 2 plus 2 years. It is expected that there will be a refresh of equipment/technology should the Trust decide to extend the managed service agreement after the initial 5 year period.
Tenderers will be expected to signify within the PQQ if they will be bidding as a primary contractor or as a third party. Short listing will take place following receipt of the pre-qualification questionnaires from potential providers. Shortlisted suppliers will be invited to tender.
Tenderers will be expected to be able to provide equipment, services, reagents and consumables either directly or through a primary contractor as part of a managed service.
As part of this managed service it is the expectation of the Trust that the successful bidder will oversee all aspects of supply and installation of new equipment, performance management, IT solutions, financial performance, enabling works, servicing and maintenance.
In scope:
Analysers, consumables, reagents, peripheral equipment and IT connectivity required to process all Blood Transfusion samples and blood product issue.
There is also a requirement for a supplier to provide a temperature monitoring system for Blood Transfusion products, reagents and consumables storage, with a view to be able to expand this system of temperature monitoring across laboratory medicine in the future.

Ref: UHS10091.,


University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Procurement Office, Mail Point TSU, Level D - Mary Seacole Wing, Royal South Hants Hospital, Brinton's Terrace
For the attention of: Jeremy Day
SO14 0YG Southampton
Telephone: +44 2380825132
Fax: +44 2380825932
Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Contract value: No contract value provided

Published: 19 Dec 2012, Receipt by: 17 Jan 2013