The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)’s Donnington Defence Fulfilment Centre has completed the delivery of more than 10,000 items of critical medical equipment as part of its response to the current Covid-19 crisis.
The Donnington centre, operated by MoD’s procurement arm Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), reached the milestone in three months.
UK Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “I am proud of our dedicated logistics and delivery professionals who have made a significant contribution to the Covid-19 pandemic response.
“They have delivered a huge quantity of medical supplies right across the UK, ensuring our frontline NHS staff have the equipment they need to provide life-saving medical care.
“Their professionalism and enthusiasm maintained the flow of critical equipment ever since this national endeavour to support the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 started on 30 March.”
The deliveries comprised bi-lateral ventilators, oxygen concentrators, mechanical ventilators, syringe drivers and volumetric pumps across the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey.
DE&S CEO Simon Bollom said: “This has been a fantastic effort by DE&S and our logistics partners and has helped provide critical front-line support to our NHS as well as supporting the UK Government during this national emergency.
“We take great pride in the assistance that our people have been able to provide to support the NHS and wider social care need in the response to Covid-19.”
DE&S procures equipment for the British armed forces. The government entity employs around 11,500 people, most of whom are based at its headquarters in Bristol.
Notably, the UK has reported more than 285,000 Covid-19 cases, as of 3 July. The death toll also crossed 44,000.