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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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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.

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