Endoscopy consumables management service

With growing demand and a higher best practice tariff, now is the perfect time for endoscopy departments to use an integrated consumable management service as a way of releasing cash that can be used to fund the re-design of decontamination facilities to meet JAG accreditation and the procurement of new scopes, camera stacks and cleaning equipment.

With departments spending up to £5M per annum on endoscopy and decontamination consumables, we provide hospitals with the opportunity to reclaim the VAT as part of our integrated consumable management service resulting in savings of up to 15%. These savings can be an enabler for re-investment in improved service capacity to meet growing demand.

Our operating mechanism includes significant investment in stock management IT systems and an on-site staff resource in order to deliver cost controls,eliminate stock out events and stock loss. The service will reduce non-clinical activities for the clinical teams in the areas of stock management and re-ordering, while ensuring they retain full control over the selection and choice of consumables.

Our endoscopy consumable management service

Clinical choice and innovation

Clinical choice is at heart of our consumable management service. We will ensure innovation through vendor-independent selection to provide the very best patient outcomes – providing full patient procedure costing and service transparency.


Althea will provide a single point-of-contact for supplier management and take on all back-office activities linked to the procurement of endoscopy clinical consumables and decontamination of operational consumables.

Benefits of Althea’s approach include reduced delivery charges and a flat service charge reconciled once a year based on actual consumable usage.

Stock management

Althea’s endoscopy consumables management service allows you to achieve both cash and efficiency savings. Our professional expertise in stock management and consistent use of key performance indicators help us accomplish this goal.

This includes:

  • reduced stock holding
  • stock rotation resulting in stock obsolescence reduction
  • shelving re-organisation for improved space efficiency
  • range management
  • stock reconciliation
  • procedure pack formation and management
  • consignment stock management/visibility

On-site and remote support resources

Our inventory management staff is present at the endoscopy and decontamination departments at the customer’s site to better support clinical and operational services.

A remote support team, based in Reading, Berkshire, will be available to provide clinical support, healthcare economic specialists, procurement, finance, account payable and infrastructure.

Inventory management

On-site and remote control are enabled by our inventory management system, allowing our team to monitor end-to-end endoscopy consumable management service. On the operational side, the inventory system has a proven track record of unrivaled integration with other hospital IT systems.

Our systems are built for efficiency and aim to minimise administrative and non-clinical tasks performed by clinical staff, at the same time giving full, real-time visibility of the inventory. The central transaction platform we chose to back up the inventory management activities uses GHX, one of the most accredited providers for healthcare supply chain management.

Clinical staff training

Through terms of service, your clinical team will retain continuous and unlimited access to training in the use of the inventory management IT systems, comprehensive of the use of industry-standard handheld scanner/barcode technology.

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