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HDA welcomes Minister of Health Stephen Hammond on visit to Chessington Service Centre

HDA welcomes Minister of Health Stephen Hammond on visit to Chessington Service Centre

On Thursday 11 July, Stephen Hammond, Minister for Health and Social Care and MP for Wimbledon, saw for himself how Chessington Service Centre delivers vital medicines to pharmacies and hospitals across the south and south-east of England including in his own constituency.

The visit was hosted by Martin Sawer, HDA Executive Director, and both he and the Minister were greeted by Alliance Healthcare UK Managing Director, Julian Mount before being given a tour of the service centre. They witnessed first-hand the semi-automated warehouse in full swing with orders being picked and packed ready for afternoon delivery. The Minister also observed how medicines are received and stored safely and securely in accordance with strict regulatory guidance, including a demonstration of procedures required under the recently introduced Falsified Medicines Directive.

Stephen Hammond, Minister for Health and Social Care, reflected: "It was a fascinating experience to see how the operations worked. It is no mean feat for customers to receive two deliveries a day, five days a week and one on Saturday. It is apparent to me that healthcare distributors are pivotal in ensuring that all GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals are kept fully stocked with the medicines they need to keep their patients healthy."

Martin Sawer, Executive Director of HDA noted: "It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister following his key note address at the recent HDA Annual Conference where he thanked the distribution sector for the vital role it plays in ensuring the safe and consistent supply of healthcare products and medicines to patients across the UK. It is particularly reassuring the Minister continues to recognise the important role our members have played in the complex preparations for a no-deal Brexit. May I also express my thanks to Alliance Healthcare UK for kindly hosting the visit."

 

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