COMMERCIAL: The Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust is looking to boost its non NHS income through its laundry and children’s nursery.

The trust has one of the largest NHS laundries in the country and as well as providing services for across the trust’s five sites it has contracts with other acute Trust’s, primary care trusts and a number of private healthcare and non-healthcare establishments throughout the south west area. 

It has just been accepted onto the National Framework Agreement with Buying Solutions, the UK public sector procurement partner, which means it can bypass the lengthy European tender process.

A press release issued by the trust stated: “Out of the 13 suppliers (six commercial and seven NHS laundry providers) who submitted applications for this national framework agreement, the Royal Devon & Exeter Foundation Trust was placed third overall. It was also the highest ranked of the NHS laundry providers on the basis of ‘its competence, professionalism and ability to provide the available services in an efficient and cost effective manner’.”

The trust has also recently opened a new nursery and is forecasting that due to the increased number of places available for staff children the trust will, after recovering running costs, be able to re-invest in excess of £150,000 per year into hospital services.