A pilot scheme run by an ambulance service and a hospital, which has the potential to save the NHS more than £1 million, has been shortlisted for a national award.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been working with Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow to reduce waste by standardising the use of medical products.

The hospital, which serves most of the Epping Forest area, ran a scheme that resulted in the ambulance service using dual use electrodes for electrocardiograms (ECG).

The electrodes do not need to be changed when a patient arrives at an Emergency Department and can be used on a patient for up to 72 hours.

EEAST estimates the move could potentially save the NHS £1.2m if adopted nationwide.

The scheme how now been shortlisted for the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards 2018 for “improving value through innovative financial management or procurement”.

The ambulance service and Princess Alexandra have also been working with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on the project.

It has already won an “improving value through innovation” award from the Health Care Supplies Association (HCSA).