Forklift and warehouse trucks for NHS Wales will be supplied by Toyota Material Handling UK which has been chosen as a partner for materials handling equipment by the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP.

The organisation aims to help Local Health Boards and Trusts in Wales to deliver significant savings and benefits to the NHS. It chose Toyota Material Handling UK to provide vehicles to stores in Denbigh in North Wales and Bridgend and Cwmbran in South Wales which distribute supplies to NHS premises across Wales.

Mike Burns, regional supply chain manager for NWSSP, said: 'We wanted a supplier who would understand our needs and specify a fleet of forklift and warehouse trucks that would not only promote safe working on site but also help us to work more efficiently and save money'

Following a full survey of the sites, Toyota specified trucks including Traigo48 3 wheel electric-powered forklifts, BT Reflex reach trucks, BT Levio pedestrian powered pallet trucks and BT Pro Lifter hand pallet trucks.

Steve Jones, key account manager from Toyota, said: 'NWSSP have been customers of Toyota for over eight years and so we had experience of supporting them through the supply of equipment and after-sales service support. When it came to the tender we used that experience, but also carried out full site surveys to make sure the equipment specified was right for the job, and would support their needs for the next five years.

'There were a number of progressive changes suggested for the new fleet; one key addition was the BT Reflex RRE160R. With high ground clearance and durable super-elastic wheels, we knew this truck would help NWSSP by providing them with the flexibility to use it in both indoors and outdoors'

Mike Burns adds: 'By making some simple changes to the fleet we have been able to make significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the trucks we use. We have the flexibility within our fleet to continue working productively and safely, which is very important to us'