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Materials Management

Materials Management (Topping Up) is a form of electronic data capture using bar code technology via hand held scanners where Procurement staff use handheld devices to scan product bar codes; the information is then used to maintain stock levels and to re-order stock.

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Through effective use of bar code technology, the Trust can achieve substantial savings by way of a methodical manner in the way that goods are ordered, received and stored. As such, internal processing costs are greatly reduced and a high quality service can be realised.

Materials Management (Topping Up) is a form of electronic data capture using bar code technology via hand held scanners where Trust staff use the handheld devices to scan product bar codes; the information is then used to maintain ward stock levels and to re-order stock.

Stock levels are agreed with ward representatives and are reviewed on a regular basis in line with procedures and standards.
County Durham Procurement Consortium currently provides this service to the following sites:

University Hospital of North Durham
Darlington Memorial Hospital
Bishop Auckland General Hospital
Shotley Bridge Hospital
West Park Hospital
Auckland Park Hospital
Earls House Hospital

Any queries regarding your Top Up service contact your local Materials Management Officers or alternatively contact the Head of Systems and Operations.

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital