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Buying Department

The Buying Department (also known as Procurement) provides a purchasing and supplies service across the Bedford Hospital NHS Trust and acts as procurement agent for NHS Bedfordshire. Incorporated within this department are Receipt and Despatch, Materials Management and Contracting and Procurement.

Departments and wards are able to access from a range of stocked items, or order non-stock items via our online catalogue.

Bedford Hospital also works with the East of England Procurement Hub to maximise value for money across its full non pay spend.


The Buying Department deal with issuing of Purchase Orders and the administration of contracts, requisitions, orders and associated processes. The Buying Department also holds the Purchasing Cards and associated procurement tools to allow optimum purchasing ability.
Once you have been issued by an official trust purchase order, it is advisable to quote this on all parts of the order process, especially on delivery notes and invoices. For more information on Invoicing please see our Finance Department page.

Prospective Suppliers

All trust quotations go out via the ADB MultiQuote system, and all suppliers are advised to register on this system to receive RFQs from our Buying Department.

Unsolicited contact to the trust from suppliers will be ignored.

Key Staff


Tom Devine

Head of Procurement
Telephone: 01234 792 660

Debbie Banks

Deputy Head of Procurement
Telephone: 01234 792 174

Ian Thomas

Logistics Manager
Telephone: 01234 730 400

General email inbox: Procurement [at] bedfordhospital.nhs.uk
If you would like to contact members of the Buying Department, please either use the direct dials issued, or alternatively call the Swichboard on 01234 355 122. The buying department member who has been involved in the order process will have their name and email address displayed on the purchase order