Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals putting patients first and controlling costs with better bariatric bed management

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Hosting three main hospital sites and a number of additional services, the Trust is one of only five Teaching Hospitals in Yorkshire and is projected to train 25 per cent of all medical students in the region by 2018. The Trust currently trains 30 per cent of all other healthcare professional students.

A modern and forward-facing Trust employing over 6,000 members of staff, the hospital provides a full range of local hospital services across Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, and Montagu Hospital in Mexborough.

With obesity rates rising nationally and as part of DBTH’s commitment to working as closely and as efficiently as possible with its suppliers, in 2016 DBTH’s medical equipment team undertook a review of its bariatric equipment provision.

To ensure the Trust was making the most of the public money, the organisation needed to understand what was being spent on the rental of bariatric equipment and identify if, and where, savings could be realised. Alongside this, issues had been identified around accuracy and consistency of invoicing, high delivery and installation charges and a lack of management information.

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