There is less than two weeks to go until the deadline date for tender submissions on a series of NHS catering equipment contracts due to commence this year.
The NHS Supply Chain, which acts as agent for NHS Business Services Authority, recently issued a tender notice for a wide range of catering equipment that will expire on February 4.
The contract comprises three separate lots with an estimated combined value over two years of between £20m and £39m.
Lot 1 initially starts with food transportation systems, such as trolleys and refrigerated plated meal delivery systems, while Lot 2 extends to commercial catering equipment.
Products listed on the document include an 80-litre gas bratt pan, 120-litre gas bratt pan, 20-grid combination oven, double gas pedestal fryer, a hot cupboard to hold approximately 60 plated meals, a heated countertop cabinet with up to three shelves and a gastronorm bain marie with 3 1/3 gastronorm containers.
The catering equipment Lot also includes a stainless steel wall cupboard with shelves, single bowl drainer sink, 20 litre mixing machine, 400-450mm shaft hand blender, gravity feed slicer with 300ml blade and a vegetable prep machine capable of processing more than 6kg of vegetables per minute.
The contract specifies a double door upright freezer and two-door refrigerated counter, as well as pass-through dishwasher with up to 40 racks per hour.
Lot 3 includes a series of table top hot drinks machines and metal beverage ward trolleys.
The contracting authority says it is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities and therefore deliveries will be based at various locations in the UK.
The NHS Supply Chain said that the maximum number of participants to the framework agreement is envisaged to be 30.