eBay U.K. is working with teams in the NHS Supply Chain, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Army/MoD, to create a new online portal to help ease some of the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supply issues currently facing the medical community.
The new portal, which is currently in a pilot phase, aims to help primary and social care providers to order PPE equipment from NHS Supply Chain.
Within a few days of eBay being enlisted to support the NHS, a bespoke portal had been created, which allows an NHS database of healthcare workers to log in and ‘order’ for a limited range of non-acute PPE via the NHS Catalogue.
The PPE items are being supplied by NHS Supply Chain via the Clipper Group and despatched via Royal Mail.
The pilot is now in the final stage of testing and is being reviewed daily, and will be scaled in phases to ensure technical updates can be applied ‘in real-time.’
eBay Using Existing Technology to Build Platform
The portal uses eBay Marketplace technology that has been developed over 25 years of connecting buyers and sellers, and which is used in the U.K. alone by 300,000 small and medium-sized businesses.
“We were asked by the NHS and other partners to deliver technical expertise and resources to address the pressing issue of PPE supply.”
“eBay software engineers from around the world, including at our sites in San Jose, Portland, Zurich, Dublin, Berlin and here in the UK, have been working round the clock to get this live and I’m delighted that we are now up and running with the pilot.”
“It’s important that we all do what we can to help the NHS at this critical time, we are excited to be a part of this.”
eBay UK VP Rob Hattrell
“We are hugely grateful to frontline staff working tirelessly to save lives across the country, and it is absolutely vital they receive the PPE they need. Since the start of the outbreak, we’ve delivered over a billion pieces of PPE to the frontline, but we recognise more still needs to be done. This is why I’m delighted to be partnering with eBay to pilot a new online portal which offers an additional route for health and social care workers to access PPE,” added Health Minister Jo Churchill.
eBay’s role is to build the platform to allow NHS bodies to request PPE and it is providing this service pro bono to the NHS.
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