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16/09/21
KFM’s Croydon warehouse is offering practical support to one of its neighbours the Croydon Foodbank. The Foodbank struggled with a small team and lack of donations in the face of increasing demand over the past 18 months throughout the pandemic. This prompted KFM to start a conversation with the Foodbank team about how we could offer support.

KFM is supporting the Croydon Foodbank in the following ways:
  • Offering storage space in our warehouse
  • Logistics support and planning
  • Social media and raising awareness
  • New ideas for fundraising

Throughout the peak of the pandemic, they fed and supported over 5,000 people in the borough of Croydon alone. KFM is now a prominent part of this community with two warehouses in Croydon, the team are looking forward to mentoring and working alongside the Foodbank staff.

Grace Saah-Dinnall, Foodbank Project Manager and one of the founders of Croydon Foodbank, said: “All our staff are volunteers who have connections in the borough. I became involved with Croydon Foodbank because I wanted to help those in need. I had previously been one of those people in desperate need of the foodbank. About 10 years ago I was made homeless by a local borough council. Not knowing what to do I turned to the Foodbank to help feed my baby son.”

Aleem Khan, KFM Logistics Team Leader, explains why he wanted to get involved: “It's not just about making a donation; it's about making a difference."

The Croydon Foodbank is a self-maintained charity who receive minimal funding and support despite Covid-19. To donate visit:
www.croydon.foodbank.org.uk

09/09/21
KFM has donated 36 beds to St George’s Hospital in Umunumo, a small rural town in Nigeria. This follows the £2.6 million pound investment in new beds for King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill.

KFM worked with charity Friends of St George’s Hospital Umunumo in Britain (FOSGHUB) to recycle the beds to Nigeria. The charity started when Rev. Ephraim Nwachukwu, who works at KCH, was visiting his home town Umunumo and a neighbour asked to borrow his car to drive his wife to hospital.

When the neighbour brought the car back Rev. Ephraim asked about the mother and baby to find that the baby had died before reaching hospital. This inspired him to work with his local church to collect donations to start a community hospital in 2016. Since then 300 babies have been born in the new hospital which has a primary focus on maternity. Previously because of its rural location, babies were often born in fields or the marketplace because parents had to travel long distances for medical care.

Talking about the bed donation from KFM, Rev. Ephraim Nwachukwu, said: “The bed donation from KFM is a prayer answered. It will help improve the lives of many mothers and babies from poor families.”


Mothers and babies at St. George's Hospital

The beds will be in use at St George’s Hospital in Umunumo from January 2022.

Friends of St George’s Hospital Umunumo in Britain (FOSGHUB) is also looking for donations of incubators for premature babies, scanners and X-ray machines. The charity pays medical bills and supports babies from 0 – 5 years old, and also provides girls and women with free sanitary products.

Charity number: 1126294

The FOSGHUB website is being launched in November 2021. To donate to the charity in the meantime please email:
ephraim.nwachukwu@nhs.net.

Sinmi Moore, FOSGHUB Chair, at St. George's
Hospital in Umunumo, Nigeria.
08/09/21
KFM is thrilled to announce that our winning entry at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Awards has also been shortlisted for the HSJ Awards 2021. The nomination is for ourEnhanced Supply Chain Service’ and partnership with King’s College Hospital.

Andy Lockwood, Managing Director at KFM, said: “Being nominated for this HSJ Award is testimony to the expertise and commitment of the KFM Team. The enhanced supply chain service at King’s College Hospital means clinicians can focus on patient care and delivers financial benefits worth £10m a year. Better integration clinically between KFM and the Trust, alongside new technology, ensures the right products are available at the right time, even against the backdrop of exceptional demand.”


Read about ourEnhanced Supply Chain Service’ in the case study here.

Follow our progress @HSJ_Awards and #HSJawards


08/09/21
KFM is implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology to meet the challenges of an increasingly busy healthcare environment.

It is developing the use of bots in many areas of hospital life to improve efficiency in patient care. Over the last 18 months KFM has been working with KFM procurement, KCH finance, KCH human resources and clinicians to design and deploy bots. The results are outstanding with a combination of cost reduction and improvement, clinical time release and reducing data errors.

Click here to read the full case study.