Medical gases for emergency vehicles

Published:  20 June, 2017

The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust awards a four-year contract to Medical Gas Solutions for the supply of medical gases to its 1,000 emergency vehicles.

MGS will supply both oxygen and analgesic gases to NWAS vehicles, which serve a population of seven million people across Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester in northwest England.

Daren Hopkinson, head of procurement at NWAS, said: ‘As one of the largest ambulance trusts in England, it’s crucial to work with a medical gas supplier that we can rely on 100%. Our emergency crews attend more than 952,000 incidents each year on average, so it’s vital we have access to a full range of quality products matched with a delivery service we can truly trust. MGS provides just this, plus they manage all aspects of our gas supply for us, so we can concentrate on the important job at hand.’

NWAS will make use of MGS’s medical gas portfolio, from lightweight, portable medical oxygen and nitronox cylinders to larger 10L units. MGS also offers fully managed service offering, which provides complete stock control along with flexible, free deliveries. As part of the contract, MGS is also supplying medical gases to NWAS’ non-emergency patient transport service, which makes in excess of one million journeys each year.

MGS managing director Steve Gullick adds: We’ve actually been working with NWAS since 2008, so we’re delighted to be re-awarded such an important contract following what was a highly competitive tender process. This win is confirmation that we’re continuing to do a great job for NWAS, ensuring healthcare professionals in the North West always have the very best equipment on board.’ 

Alongside the new contract with NWAS, MGS has been re-awarded contracts with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service  NHS Trust, and has also won the contract to supply the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

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