Within a managed service, Asteral is able to optimise your current supply and management of clinical consumables integral to the use Cardiology or Interventional Radiology systems into a fully managed consumables service. These provide operational efficiencies, procurement savings and tax efficiencies related to HM Treasury’s Contracted Out Services directive (COS).
Asteral is unique in the marketplace due to its proven capability and capacity to deliver a clinical consumables management service (CMS), which is currently managing over £16m of clinical consumables and contrast media per annum.
We have invested in and secured an MHRA Wholesale Dealer’s Licence for the handling of contrast media, and developed our own CMS IT infrastructure to provide integrated procurement, inventory management and procedure level costings for Cardiology and Interventional Radiology departments.
Asteral is one of the largest independent buyers of clinical consumables in the UK, and in addition to savings related to managed service tax efficiencies, we have achieved economies of scale that lead to real procurement savings for our customers. Asteral has a catalogue of 3,000 clinical consumables sourced from 69 suppliers in line with its ethos of vendor-independence.
Through our multi-disciplinary approach to consumables provision, Asteral will deliver efficiencies and cost savings by optimising your stock levels and reducing stock obsolescence, as well as rationalising the supplier base where appropriate whilst maintaining clinical choice.
In addition to clinical consumables and contrast media for Radiology and Cardiology, Asteral also provides the maintenance consumables required for the continued smooth functioning of Biomed and Radiology medical equipment as part of our Asteral Select service.
To find out more about Leicester’s Consumable Management Service download the case study here.