MP tours flagship site which helps deliver 5.3 billion tablets a year

North Devon Gazette

Accord Healthcare was proud to host Selaine Saxby MP at their facilities in Barnstaple, as she visited to tour the facility and understand more about a number of current and exciting future projects planned for the site.Â
Selaine Saxby MP has served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for North Devon since December 2019. She is passionate about supporting and growing local business. Â
The Barnstaple site came to her attention during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when Accord implemented extensive internal and external programmes to safeguard employees and the output of medicines. Â
By combining initiatives, such as employee COVID-19 antibody testing and new working principles, Accord’s approach helped to ensure there were no shortages of critical medicines, for which Accord has won many awards and accolades.Â
Jonathan Wilson, Vice President West Europe of Accord Healthcare said: “It was a real honor to host Ms. Saxby MP at our facility. We are so proud to have the hard work of our dedicated teams recognized. Â
“It was because of their contributions that we were able to meet the additional demand for medicines during the pandemic to ensure that the patients that needed them continued to have access to their medicines.”Â
The Accord site in Barnstaple is a flagship facility for the company which houses it’s UK headquarters and acts as the centre of its UK operations, helping to make a significant contribution nationally to the NHS, as well as locally to the community in Devon. Â
Accord is one of the largest suppliers of generic medicines to the NHS and the Barnstaple site is one of four sites Accord has in the UK, which together produce on average 440 million tablets every month, equating to over 5.3 billion tablets in a year.Â
In addition, the site is one of the largest employers in Barnstaple with over 800 employees and it has a strong community focus, which includes an established apprenticeship programme, as well as local partnerships with two local charities - the North Devon Hospice and Calvert Trust – Exmoor. The site is also a designated landing site for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.Â