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Supporting Our NHS
Story Video

June 2020 / Other

Our team have gone over and above with efforts to help support our NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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We have put together a video story of some of the ways in which we, as both an organisation, and as individuals have contributed.

We would like to THANK our COLLEAGUES for the part they've played and continue to play, and also THANK our wonderful NHS

Click here to view our Thank You NHS video

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Supplying Meals
to the NHS Frontline

May 2020 / Other

Supporting the NHS during this challenging time is very important to us as a company. We are doing this not only with providing our products and services, but also through supporting Food 4 Heroes.

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Food 4 Heroes, is a charity which aims to ensure all NHS frontline staff are able to access nutritious and delicious meals for as long as the COVID-19 crisis continues. As of early May, they had provided an incredible 100,000 meals! 

You can make a donation via this link.

£1.50 buys a vegatarian dish and £2 buys a meat dish!

 

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Drive DeVilbiss
Supporting Our NHS

April 2020 / Industry News

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare a key supplier of medical products, maintenance and decontamination services to the NHS is like many others, experiencing a huge increase in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The NHS is currently experiencing a shortage of many vitally important medical
products to support the care of critically ill patients. Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare
are responding to the call and have increased production to support this at their
manufacturing sites in Holmfield, Halifax and Leicestershire.


Their UK production facilities are fully operational and are working tirelessly
around the clock to meet the ever-growing need for thousands of hospital and
home care products, to support critically ill patients in hospital, and also to
facilitate the discharge of recovering patients to recuperate at home.

Like all manufacturers, Drive DeVilbiss are hugely reliant on their supply chain
to ensure the provision of components and parts integral to these vital medical
products, and they have not been disappointed.

Suppliers have shown exceptional commitment responding to the calls for
continued and increased supplies to support Drive DeVilbiss and most
importantly the NHS during these unprecedented times.

“We would like to extend our thanks to all of our suppliers at this time, without
them and their commitment we would simply not be able to supply the vast
numbers of hospital and home care beds that our NHS so desperately needs. Our
UK suppliers have shown exceptional support during these last couple of weeks,
and we would like to highlight the fantastic work they are continuing to do; Hub
Le Bas Tubes, Manchester; TR Fastenings, Manchester; Bethel Rhodes & Sons
Ltd, Keighley; Thomas Brown Engineering Ltd, Huddersfield; Fisher Plastics Ltd,
Huddersfield; AAC Cyroma Ltd, Oxfordshire; Bright Screw, Leeds; JMT
Shopfitters, Wakefield and Ernest Gill, Halifax to name a few, thank you!”

“Our own colleagues working in production, distribution, purchasing, service and
decontamination, to name just a few of our teams who have shown resilience,
flexibility and determination to play their part to help the NHS. Thank you to
everyone for your commitment, not just to Drive DeVilbiss but ultimately for
helping to ease the burden on the NHS and other frontline services.”

Graham Turner Vice President International Product Management and Marketing
at Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Ltd

For any enquiries regarding supply during this time, please
contact us at covid19helpline@drivedevilbiss.co.uk

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Introducing...
the Stay at Home Range!

March 2020 / Other

With the low footfall that you may be experiencing in this difficult and trying time, we would like to offer support to our retailers and their customers by promoting our Stay Safe at Home range.

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Independent Living Aids help with simple daily tasks to increase the quality of life and independence of the user. We can provide products to assist in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, living room, bedroom as well as helping to maintain well-being and a healthy lifestyle.

We hope that you will download the PDF via the link below and use it in your digital marketing activity, be it Social Media, Email Campaigns or a link from your website.

Please click here to view our Stay Safe at Home Range

Should you be sharing the Stay Safe at Home Range digitally, please also find this banner, which may be of use for your campaign. 

We recommend the currently tranding tag of #StaySafe at this time.

Don't forget that we can still offer delivery DIRECT to your customer's door!

If you are a Retailer with any questions or would like to place an order, please contact your Regional Account Manager or order online.

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COVID-19
Helpline Details

March 2020 / Other

The first daily COVID-19 briefing took place on the 16th March, with the PM asking us all ‘to go further’, as the country deals with the challenges of the Coronavirus crisis.

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We want to connect with customers and keep them up to speed with what Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare are doing to ensure that we continue to provide the quality of service our customers have come to expect.

 

Contact our COVID-19 ‘helpline’ set up specifically to answer your queries on how we are managing the challenges arising from the pandemic.

 

Click here or put the address into a blank email to contact the helpline: covid19helpline@drivedevilbiss.co.uk

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Working From Home
Top Tips!

March 2020 / Other

With home working being implemented where possible due to the spread of COVID-19, employees are now tasked with trying to be just as productive without their normal resources and routines.

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Therefore, here are some 'Top Tips' for home working:

1. Keep your normal daily routine.  Just because you're not commuting to work doesn't mean you should skip your weekday routine. This helps you to mentally prepare for the day ahead and gets you into the 'work' mindset.

2. Create a comfortable workspace environment that enables you to avoid any distractions and allows you to leave work behind at the end of the day.

3. Ensure you get some fresh air; you're likely going to spend a lot of time indoors. Open your windows to let in as much natural daylight and fresh air as possible, take short walks if this is possible.

4. Stay connected with your colleagues.  If you work within a team, make sure to keep in touch.  Besides email, it's a good idea to set up regular phone calls or use 'Teams' as an alternative to Skype or Face Time.

5. Fight the urge to multi-task.  Don’t let chores distract you from being productive, you wouldn’t be doing them if you were at work.  The same goes for other distractions such as the TV even if it's just used for background noise.

6. Prepare for disruption.  It's difficult enough to get work done if you have children at home, but even harder with younger kids like babies and toddlers. Still, it's not impossible if you plan ahead and have some flexibility.

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Strictly Speaking...
Dancing treats Parkinson's

January 2020 / Other

A woman with Parkinson's arrives at a dance class in a wheelchair and leaves the room an hour later pushing it...

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...it sounds like a miracle, but it's an example of how the therapeutic power of dance can help some people with the neurodegenerative disease.

Click here to read our featured article!

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Official Launch Video
The Knight ElectroFold Scooter

November 2019 / Other

We are pleased to say that The Knight Scooters are now in stock. To celebrate, we are revisiting the classic teaser and launch videos!

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The initial video was this teaser, which eventually lead to the Launch Video which showcases the premium addition to our range of folding scooters. 

 

For more specific information about the Knight ElectroFold, please click here.

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Mobility Aids Scheme Finds Itself in Queen's Birthday Honours

August 2019 / Industry News

The founder of a mobility scheme that donates equipment to people in need has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for the work she has done.

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Carole Gilson, who set up the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme following the death of her husband, has now donated more than 4,000 mobility aids and received a British Empire Medal for her work.

Ms Gilson has already received a number of honours over the years recognising her work after she set up the scheme around 10 years ago.

She has now been invited to Buckingham Palace next year as part of being included in the honours list. The scheme began when Ms Gilson decided to donate her late husband’s old scooter and was surprised at the number of responders to her newspaper advert. She told a local newspaper that she intends to keep going with the scheme.

According to a report by The Midweek Herald, the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme has donated 925 scooters, 368 walkers, 395 electric wheelchairs, 950 walking sticks, 790 manual wheelchairs, eight stairlifts, 91 ramps, 419 shower seats and 339 toilet seats.

For more of the latest industry news, please head over to Access & Mobility Professional

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How do you Choose Between a
Scooter and a Powerchair?

July 2019 / Other

There are many differences between a Scooter and a Powerchair. When powered mobility can have a postitive effect on a persons life, it's important to choose what meets their needs.

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Here is a handy help guide from Drive Cares once you or a loved one has warmed to the fact that a power mobility device can have a positive impact on life.

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Dual Wheel Auto Folding Scooter
Product Relaunch

January 2019 / Product Relaunch

As a result of customer feedback we are delighted to relaunch our Auto Fold Scooter.

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This popular scooter now features a Front Dual Wheel for customers additional safety, security and peace of mind.

 

For more information please click on link below:

 

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UK Exit from the EU
Brexit Statement

January 2019 / Brexit

Please click 'MORE INFO' to view a statement from Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare's Government & LTC Director, Graham Turner.

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The exit plans for the UK leaving the EU remain with a high level of uncertainty and there is no clear and precise guidance provided by government to industry other than suggestions on increasing stock, as they expect disruption at borders. In line with this, DOH have requested that suppliers of drugs and medical equipment to the NHS hold additional stock to support potential issues during the transition period.

 

The unclear nature of the Brexit negotiations and the political turmoil within UK government leaves no clear plan for the UK’s orderly exit from the EU, this is a substantive challenge for UK businesses and organisations who utilise products, parts and services which are sourced from outside of the UK.


We continue to wait for clarity and guidance on how the current exit plans will be formalised, this will see either a clear plan for the import/export of goods either by agreement or on WTO terms or an extension of the transition period to allow for a formal plan to be put in place.

 

As a business we both import goods from the EU and the rest of the world as well as manufacture products in the UK and export to the EU and globally. As a contingency, as we head towards the March 2019 deadline, we have plans in place to increase key stock levels of both finished goods and spare parts in order for us to continue to supply our products and services uninterrupted for an extended period beyond what we would normally stock.

 

The planning process for Brexit is a continually reviewed plan within Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare Ltd. based upon the information and guidance from the UK government; our intention is to minimise any disruption in supply to our customers as far as possible.

 

We would stress to suppliers and customers that the likelihood of disruption at UK borders is very high in all scenarios other than an extension of the transition period, this will result in delays in both the importing and exporting of goods. For products which are required in the UK we urge our customers to prepare for potential delays and either forward order/put in place call-off orders to allow us to hold the correct stock levels to support continued uninterrupted service.

 

For our customers in Europe and the rest of the world, the same advice stands, and current guidance suggests that planning should be made to cover a period of 6 weeks of disruption in supply, with delivery times being extended by potentially between one and three weeks in the initial stages.

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Christmas Delivery Times 2018
Latest News

December 2018 / Other

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare will be closing for Christmas on Monday 24th December and re-opening on Wednesday 2nd January.

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For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, please place your order no later than 5pm on Tuesday 18th December. Our warehousing facilities will continue to dispatch orders up to and including Friday 21st, and although we cannot guarantee delivery prior to Christmas after Tuesday, we will make every effort to dispatch orders as quickly as possible for pre-Christmas delivery. 

 

Welland Products

Welland product orders had to be placed before 4pm on Friday 7th December for a guaranteed delivery before Christmas. 

 

Thank you for your business throughout 2018 and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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New Catalogues & Stand Available

November 2018 / Other

For easy access to the catalogue, click MORE INFO. The design and content of this catalogue was specifically put together to help drive customers into our retail customers stores, highlighting the benefits of buying locally from a bricks and mortar business.

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To easily view the new catalogue online, please click on this link.

 

I’m pleased to say we’ve already received some great feedback….

 

“Drive really are helping to drive customers into the store”

Spencer Coe, Scoota Mart

 

“This is so much better than any of the other catalogues out there”

Peter Hankinson Alpha Mobility

 

“I think it’s fantastic, very informative, they have been very well thought out, a great tool to use in store”

Tracy Suther, Active Mobility

 

“The market has been crying out for something like this”

Judy Mctigue, Wirral Mobility

 

“You’ve made my day/week/month/year! We have been trying to get abrochure with a great selection of products and no prices on for 2 years!”

Graeme Dymond, The Care Team

 

If you would like some copies of our catalogue and a retail stand sending out to your store, please contact your telephone advisor.

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Grant Abraham's was recently interviewed by A&MP

October 2018 / Other

In the interview Grant was able to explain the importance of mobility retailers and how Drive Devilbiss are focussed on readjusting its dealer strategy to support those customers in the future.

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This interview looks at how Grant is answering sceptics within the market by boosting traditional dealers, and how Drive Devilbiss are offering support via the InStore Range, end user catalogues and its next day delivery service.

Read the interview here

Centre Stage at Trade Days 2018

October 2018 / Exhibitions

It was great to see so many of our retail customers at the Trade Days Show held recently at the NEC.

Trade Days was a fabulous platform for our ‘new look’ retail sales and specialist team to demonstrate the healthcare products and services we now offer. The combination of a new team and products illustrated how we can support 'bricks and mortar' dealers in growing their business.

Our new 4 wheel folding scooter secured really positive feedback, the additional options to our Rise Recline portfolio and the introduction of the Kedley support aids and Sleep Dry ranges all generated significant interest. No other Company within the industry can offer such a comprehensive product range to their customers.

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Visitors really engaged with the Instore concept; demonstrating our commitment to develop business partnerships for the future, it offers an optimum range of products and services to assist our customers with growing their business.

If it wasn’t new product demonstrations, the launch of the Instore catalogue or the welcoming vibe emanating from the stand then there was always the smell of the bacon butties that attracted visitors with great fayre served throughout the day!

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Trade Days 2018
7-8th October - Birmingham NEC

September 2018 / Exhibitions

The DDH team are looking forward to attending this year’s Trade Days Show @ the NEC in Birmingham which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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We will be showcasing many innovative new products, including our New Folding Scooter, a range of New Rise & Recliners plus many more. We will also be launching our exciting New Instore Independent Living catalogue, together with its excellent point of sale display stand.

Our Specialist Retail Team will be on hand to meet with you to discuss ways we can work together to grow your business; we are scheduling appointments now so don’t miss out. Contact us to secure a meeting between 10am – 12 noon or 2 – 4pm with one of our Specialist team contactus@drivedevilbiss.co.uk.

Our ‘new look’ field sales team are looking forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new ones, as always they are ready to demonstrate our new products and promote our Trade Days Show Offers… 2 Days Only!!!

Due to popular demand the Breakfast Butties are Back!! There will also be a selection of nibbles and drinks available throughout the day. 

The sales team are currently arranging appointments with customers, so please get in touch. Please visit our STAND TC50 – we look forward to seeing you there!!

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New Next Day Delivery Service
For Retail Customers

January 2018 / Other

Responding quickly and accurately to customer requirements is vital in the retail field, and in particular the mobility market where there is an immediate requirement for products to improve quality of life.

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With this in mind, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare continues to demonstrate commitment to retail customers with the introduction of a new, Guaranteed Next Day Delivery Service for all products ordered before 5pm, Monday to Friday. The offer covers all core retail lines in stock at the point of ordering and there is no additional cost for this improved service, we've held it at £15.00.

Setting the standards for the industry, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare has been looking closely at all aspects of the business to identify areas for upgrade and improvement. Close links with distribution partners and investment in stockholding means the company can now provide this enhanced delivery option, designed to enable retail outlets to provide a faster service to their customers.   

“We are constantly looking to improve service levels across the board, and this fast delivery option represents an important step forward in providing our retail customers with the speed of response they need to react instantly to developing customer requirements,” stated Grant Abrahams, Retail Director for Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare.

The next day delivery option will be introduced on 1 February 2018.

 

Terms and conditions apply, please contact Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare for more information.