Engaging Talks with ASI Environmental

16 February 2018

We meet up with all our suppliers several times a year to ensure we keep up to date with any new issues that are affecting GP practices that our suppliers could potentially help with.

This week, we had a great meeting with our supplier of site surveys, ASI Environmental who were educating us about asbestos risks. Did you know any building constructed before the year 2000 could have asbestos in it? People often think that asbestos is a problem of the past but with many GP practices in older buildings, it’s an issue that is still very relevant and one that needs managing carefully.

ASI Environmental can provide free, no obligation advice to any of our members concerned about asbestos in their premises as well as information on legionella and air conditioning testing and even fire risk assessments and Energy Performance Certificates. Our members have access to discounts on all ASI Environmental services. Just remember to register to get further information on ASI Environmental and all of the great supplier discounts on offer.

Alexandra: Made to order staff uniforms

13 February 2018

Our approved supplier of staff uniforms, Alexandra, are leaders in the healthcare market when it comes to the quality and design of the uniforms they produce. Their products offer exceptional comfort and fit with a wide range styles to choose from.

You can create a look that works perfectly for your practice through their Boyd Cooper made-to order service which can help you tailor your practice uniform to precision. You can choose from 13 tunics and 52 fabric colours and have your bespoke uniform in as little as 8 weeks after order.

To place your order, simply: 1. pick your garment, 2. Pick your fabric and colour and 3. Pick your trim fabric and colour. Visit Alexandra to find out more about this service and get your uniforms ordered in.

You must be a member to access our negotiated discounts with Alexandra, if you are not a member please register.

If you are already a member, simply mention that you are part of the LMC Buying Groups Federation and quote our national account number NA6337 when you call Alexandra to place your order.

For more information please contact Jonathan Scott at Alexandra on: 07825 996063.

Guidance for flu vaccine season 2018-19

08 February 2018

Following the circulation of ‘definitive’ flu vaccine guidance from NHSE on 5 February, we have been in talks with our suppliers Pfizer, MASTA, Mylan and Seqirus and have devised some useful guidance to help you with your orders.

We can confirm that Seqirus are still honouring our negotiated extension for their early bird offer until 29 March 2018. This discount is for Fluad (the adjuvanted trivalent) and accessible to all member practices.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call us on: 0115 979 6910, email us or ‘live chat’ with us.

Update on Flu Vaccines for the 2018-19 Season

31 January 2018

Following the circulation of the NHSE Letter to practices about flu vaccines for the 2018-19 season, the Buying Group has been in talks with its suppliers Pfizer, MASTA, Mylan and Seqirus.

So far we have negotiated an extension of Seqirus’ ‘early bird’ discount on Fluad (the adjuvanted trivalent) for member practices. Originally this discount was only going to be available until 31 December but has now been extended to 16 February.

NHSE are due to release new ‘definitive’ guidance about flu vaccines for the 2018-19 season on Monday (5 February), so as soon as we know what NHSE is going to asking of practices, we’ll speak to all our suppliers again and compile some guidance of our own to help you navigate this difficult situation.

As always, we are happy to try and help you however we can so if you have any questions then please contact us by phone on 0115 979 6910, email us or via Live Chat.

To view all areas of the website and get any important member updates from us directly, please register as soon as possible (if you haven’t already).

Seqirus Early Bird offer for flu Vaccine Extended

29 January 2018

Our approved supplier of the adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine Seqirus, have extended their early bird offer till Friday 16 February 2018.

This follows a letter sent by NHS England on 22 December advising all GP Practices to use the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine for their 65-75 demographic.

This means you can now get a 40.3% discounted rate on the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine from the original NHS price of £9.79 to £5.84.

In addition to this, we have ensured that Seqirus are offering good sale or return and credit terms.

Seqirus’ manufacturing plant in Liverpool is now solely dedicated to the manufacture and supply of FLUAD and AGRIPPAL and has ample capacity to supply the UK market.

Their manufacturing campaign will commence at the start of February and volumes will be based on demand, so any GP practices wanting to order vaccines should do so by 16 February 2018.

Seqirus have confirmed to the LMC Buying Group that they are fully committed to the full and timely supply of their influenza products to all customers.

If you have any queries about this offer and how to access it, get in touch with us on: 0115 979 6910 or email us.

Flu Figures Rise for GPs

19 January 2018

The Royal Collage of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned of a rise in Flu cases in general practice.

There has been a 153% increase of new cases since the start of the year and 42% during this week alone. The Research and Surveillance centre estimated 31,000 patients visited their GP with flu symptoms in the week running from 8-16 January with Wales being the hardest hit area in the UK. The Midlands and east of England is deemed the worst affected region with GP visits at 57.9 per 100,000.

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: “General practice continues to face huge winter pressures with a significant increase in patients presenting with influenza other common winter illnesses.” Find out more about this story on the GP Online website.

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