We were delighted to be part of the Occupational Therapy Show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 22nd and 23rd, 2023, where Prism Medical UK joined Prism Healthcare Group companies Harvest Healthcare, Repose Furniture and Smirthwaite to showcase innovation and collaboration.

OT-led workshop - an occupational therapist, with someone on a bed, surrounded by workshop delegates.

The show’s highlight was our continued collaboration with John Callas, Occupational Therapist and Managing Director of Athena Handling Ltd. Together, we hosted a series of Occupational Therapy-led workshops that resonated well with the audience, showcasing the power of collaboration in the healthcare space.

We also had the opportunity to present our new Freeway Flow shower cradle alongside some of our more established products, such as the Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair, TA180 transfer aid and a range of ceiling track hoists.

Prism Medical UK is excited to join OTAC Glasgow on the 25th of January at Glasgow’s Golden Jubilee Hotel.

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more about how Prism Medical UK can help with your bathing, moving and handling equipment needs.

Thank you to everyone who visited us. We are excited to see you again at the OT Show 2024, if not before.

Our OT Show highlights

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In the run-up to Christmas, we have some important dates to make you aware of:

Last order date for Christmas delivery:

For orders placed on or before the 15th of December 2023, we guarantee Christmas delivery for any items on a standard 3-5 day lead time. For orders placed up to the 21st of December, we will make every effort to deliver your items before Christmas. 

Office shutdown:

  • Prism Medical UK – The offices will close on Friday, 22nd December, at 2 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, 2nd January, at 8 a.m. From 27th to 29th December, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., a small team will answer your calls and schedule any installations, services or repairs. Outside of these times, our out-of-hours service will be available as usual.
  • Prism Medical Scotland – The offices will close on Friday, 22nd December, at 2 p.m. and reopen on Wednesday, 3rd January. Our on-call engineers will be available for breakdowns during this time.

We wish you all a Happy Holiday.

The Prism Medical UK Team

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Prism Medical UK, a leading manufacturer and supplier of bathing, moving and handling solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Rowlings as the new Regional Business Manager for the Northwest. Stephen will be instrumental in the launch of our new Regional Service Centre, opening its doors in 2024. In this vital customer-facing role, Stephen will oversee the strategic re-launch of our Northwest operations, a significant milestone in our commitment to providing essential healthcare solutions.Stephen Rowlings, Regional Business Manager

Stephen has a dynamic career spanning over 15 years within the healthcare sector. He has held positions with Performance Health as a National Account Manager, Demant as an Area Sales Manager and most recently, Drive Devilbiss Healthcare as a Business Development Manager. Stephen brings a wealth of expertise to Prism Medical UK. His extensive industry knowledge and dedication to improving the lives of those we serve align perfectly with Prism Medical UK’s mission. He will be a tremendous asset as we strive to offer the best customer service with a keen eye on continuous improvement.  

Stephen commented on his appointment, “I am truly excited to join the Prism Medical UK team and lead the charge in rejuvenating the North West Regional Centre. I’m passionate about making a positive impact on the healthcare industry, and I look forward to contributing to the growth and success of this organisation.”

Julie Hoyles, Director of Business Development at Prism Medical UK, expressed her confidence in the appointment, saying, “Stephen is a highly accomplished professional who will undoubtedly play a vital role in our continued expansion and service excellence. His experience, drive, and commitment make him a valuable addition to our team.”

The opening of the new regional centre in 2024 represents a significant step in Prism Medical UK’s mission to provide innovative healthcare solutions to a wider audience. With Stephen Rowlings at the helm, we look forward to a bright and successful future.

Stephen can be contacted at [email protected]

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In times of emergency, the safety and well-being of individuals with limited mobility is paramount. The Prism Evacuation System is a reliable solution when evacuating those in need.

1. What is the Prism Evacuation System?

The Prism Evacuation System is a specialised apparatus designed to ensure the swift and secure evacuation of individuals with limited mobility during emergencies. While emergency evacuations may be infrequent occurrences, it is vital to be prepared. This system has been meticulously crafted to provide a seamless and efficient means of transferring individuals to safety, particularly those with limited mobility.

Prism Evacuation System
The Prism Evacuation System allows for efficient transfer during an emergency.
Prism Evacuation System
The individual needing evacuation can be comfortably secured using the adjustable straps

2. How does the Prism Evacuation System work?

During an evacuation scenario, the Prism Evacuation System comes into its own by facilitating a safe and swift transfer process. The individual in need of evacuation can be comfortably secured within the system using its adjustable straps, after which they can be smoothly transported to a place of safety. Whether transitioning from a bed or another surface, the Prism Evacuation System provides the necessary support and ease of transfer, ensuring the user remains stable throughout the process.

The system incorporates bone supports, enhancing the protection and support offered during evacuation procedures.

3. What are the features and benefits of the Prism Evacuation System?

The Prism Evacuation System boasts a range of features that make it an ideal solution for emergency evacuations:

  • Safety First: With a robust, safe working load of 190 kg (30 stone), the system offers peace of mind to users and caregivers, ensuring safe and secure transfers.
  • Comfort and Security: The system is designed for user comfort, featuring adjustable padding that enhances comfort and safety during evacuation.
  • Multiple Grip Points: Vertical and horizontal looped handles are incorporated, providing caregivers with various secure grip points for more controlled and safer transfers.
  • Adaptability: The adjustable straps of the Prism Evacuation System can accommodate individuals of varying sizes, ensuring that it can be effectively used for a wide range of patients.
  • Hygiene and Maintenance: For ease of use and upkeep, the system is easily wiped clean, maintaining hygiene standards in all situations.
  • Compact and Convenient: When not in use, the Prism Evacuation System can be neatly stored in its carry case, ensuring that it is readily accessible when needed most.
Prism Evacuation System
Prism Evacuation System

The Prism Evacuation System offers a lifeline during emergencies, providing a secure and efficient means of evacuation. Whether in a healthcare facility, residential setting, or any environment where mobility is restricted, the Prism Evacuation System stands ready to ensure that those in need are swiftly and safely transported to safety.

Find out more about the Prism Evacuation System.

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Join us at the NEC Birmingham on November 22nd and 23rd to explore our comprehensive range of healthcare solutions and expertise.

Prism Medical UK is thrilled to announce its participation in the upcoming Occupational Therapy (OT) Show, set to take place on November 22nd and 23rd at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK. Collaborating with industry partners Harvest Healthcare, Repose Furniture, and Smirthwaite, we are excited to showcase our specialist equipment tailored to address various healthcare needs, including single-handed care, patient transfers, paediatric care, pressure area management and speciality seating.

Comprehensive Range of Products and Services:

Our dedicated team will be at booth D40 to say hello and answer any questions you may have. At our booth, you can talk with experts from Prism Medical UK and our partner companies, who will provide insightful demonstrations of our extensive product lineup, carefully designed to meet the diverse demands of the healthcare sector.

Highlighted offerings include:

Transactive Advanced 272 ceiling track hoist with sling

Interactive Workshops and Clinics:

In addition to product showcases, we proudly present a series of interactive workshops and clinics in partnership with John Callas, an Occupational Therapist and the Managing Director of Athena Handling Ltd. These dynamic sessions will offer attendees invaluable insights into the seamless integration of specialised equipment for effective community-based moving and handling.

Prism Medical UK workshop at the OT show 2022

These workshops are designed to be interactive and fluid, encouraging active participation, questions, and real-world challenges. Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the field, these workshops promise valuable takeaways to enhance your practice.

Our clinics provide a unique opportunity for one-on-one consultations with our independent OT, John Callas, or one of our knowledgeable assessors. This personalised setting is perfect for addressing complex cases and gaining expert guidance.

Our workshops and clinics will run at the following times:

22nd November

  • 10.30-11.15 – Shower chairs and seating workshop
  • 11.15-12.00 – Therapist Insight Clinic
  • 14.30-15.15 – Beds and hoists workshop
  • 15.15-16.00 – Therapist Insight Clinic

23rd November

  • 10.30-11.15 – Beds and hoists workshop
  • 11.15-12.00 – Therapist Insight Clinic
  • 13.30-14.15 – Shower chairs and seating workshop
  • 14.15-15.00 – Therapist Insight Clinic

Join Us at Stand D40:

Prism Medical UK and our partners look forward to welcoming you at stand D40 during the OT Show 2023. We invite you to explore our comprehensive range of healthcare solutions, gain insights from industry experts, and participate in engaging workshops and clinics.

Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in an event dedicated to promoting occupational therapy and achieving excellence in healthcare. Mark your calendars for November 22nd and 23rd – we can’t wait to see you at the NEC Birmingham. Together, we can transform lives and make a lasting impact on the world of healthcare.

If you’re attending the show, please stop by stand D40 and say hello!

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Prism Medical UK is excited to announce its participation in the National Back Exchange conference, scheduled at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham from September 17th to 19th. As a leading provider of specialist moving, handling, and bathing equipment, Prism Medical UK will be at stand 17 to share its latest product offerings and valuable insights in the community care environment.

At the conference, attendees can explore Prism Medical UK’s quality care solutions, including the Freeway Flow shower cradle, the versatile CP200 portable hoist, and the popular Freeway TA180 transfer aid. You can chat with our booth team – Julie, Sarah, Michael, and Chris – to address any inquiries regarding bathing, moving, and handling equipment in community care settings.

We’re also pleased to have two regional assessors, Ben and Lesley, at the event, adding to the expertise available for in-depth discussions.

Workshop: Unlocking the Power of Prism

Prism Medical UK is not only an exhibitor; it is committed to offering an immersive experience for attendees. In the Norfolk room, on September 18th at 11.15, Prism Medical UK is hosting a dynamic workshop on maximising the use of equipment to support community care, which will be led by practising Occupational Therapist John Callas. This workshop provides hands-on experience with a broader range of products from the Prism Healthcare group, including beds, riser recliner chairs, shower chairs, and various safe patient transfer solutions.

We will also support Deborah Harrison of A1 Risk Solutions during her September 18th and 19th workshops. Participants will have additional chances to gain hands-on experience with Prism Healthcare group care solutions, further solidifying Prism Medical UK’s commitment to advancing community care practices.

Transactive Advanced 272 ceiling track hoist with sling

Join Prism Medical UK at the Stand and Workshop

We invite all National Back Exchange conference attendees to visit us at stand 17 to see how we can help you transform lives. Our knowledgeable team will be present to provide valuable insights and address individual requirements.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the workshop hosted by John Callas in the Norfolk room on September 18th. This interactive session promises to enhance knowledge and understanding of Prism Healthcare group products and their application in various care settings.

Lady in the Freeway Flow shower cradle
Lady in the T80 tilt-in-space shower chair

Take advantage of this opportunity to engage with Prism Medical UK and stay at the forefront of community care equipment. We look forward to welcoming you at stand 17 and the Norfolk room workshop at the National Back Exchange conference.

To learn more about our range of community care equipment, please visit the product pages of our website. To find out more about the Prism Healthcare group of companies, please visit our group website.

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Tilly is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and equipment lead in her regional equipment stores. Commissioners have tasked Tilly to provide equipment to community NHS and social care services, which reflect modern practices, and save the commissioners money. Tilly has already investigated slings; now, she aims to look at mobile shower chairs.

Tilly holds several focus groups with stakeholders in her region to gather their thoughts and opinions on the required functionality for a shower chair in stores. A common theme in the groups is an easy-to-use and dynamic multi-role chair. Tilly is very familiar with shower chairs and how they support care in the community. The chair needs to be adaptable, and from experience, she knows that the Prism Medical UK T40 mobile shower commode chair would fit that multipurpose role perfectly.

Tilly is also aware of a need for shower chairs that support people with more significant postural problems, such as sliding out of a chair. Again, Tilly looks at adaptability, functionality, and ease of use for the client and carer group. This leads Tilly to the T80 tilt-in-space shower chair. This chair has the same size options as the T40; however, its tilt-in-space design supports clients in a manner that maintains their position comfortably during showering and toileting.

A modular system, the T40 can be built in stores with three standard seats, aperture sizes, and various backrests and postural supports. Carers find the T40 easy to manoeuvre in small spaces. It can be moved directly over a standard toilet, and adding an interior skirt makes it compatible with modern shower toilets.

T80 in a bedroom

Freeway Flow shower cradleBoth the T40 and T80 are well known to Occupational Therapists and carers as reliable equipment to support bathing, toileting and overall moving and handling, which also factors into Tilly’s decision. Prism Medical UK also offers Tilly and her team training on how to design a basic frame and the main functions of the shower chair. Tilly ensures equipment technicians also attend the training to build the chairs in store.

Commissioners also tasked Tilly with sourcing a shower cradle on contract also. The shower cradle supports individuals who may not be able to flex as much as is required to maintain their posture or have involuntary movements that would rule out the use of the T80, for example.   

Tilly needs a tilting shower cradle with padded side supports that is easily manoeuvrable. It will be required in various sizes and preferably in a mesh material to ensure good drainage. Tilly chooses the Prism Medical UK Freeway Flow shower cradle and proposes keeping some in stores for assessment purposes.

Our friends at Athena Handling Ltd provided this case study. They are a moving and handling company that provides risk assessments and training based on over 20 years of Occupational Therapy practice.

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Prism Medical UK is pleased to add Freeway Flow to its range of bathing aids. The new tilting shower cradle provides a secure and stable platform for showering, making it particularly advantageous for the elderly or disabled.

Freeway Flow shower cradleThe shower cradle is the natural progression for individuals who require more support and stability than a traditional shower chair can provide. Available in various widths, the cradle is designed to fit most showers and comes with a range of features that make it both comfortable and hygienic.

The shower cradle is easy to install and use, with a range of features that make it a comprehensive solution. These features include service-free, anti-tangle swivel castors that provide a smooth and effortless ride, an obvious red brake lever that makes it easy to tell whether the brake has been applied, and a hand lever tilting mechanism that allows the frame to tilt from 5 to 35 degrees, providing greater comfort and support for the user. The height-adjustable frame allows for manual height adjustment to three set heights in increments of 25mm, providing greater flexibility for the user.

Benefits of the Freeway Flow shower cradle include:

  • High quality – Manufactured in the UK from UK-sourced raw materials.
  • Durable – Built-to-last, stainless steel frame with non-rust components and long-lasting mesh.
  • Hygienic – Antimicrobial powder coating prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, while the removable cover is machine washable and easy to wipe clean.
  • Easy to use – Simple to operate hand lever and dual gas struts provide a smooth, reliable tilt. The colour-coded fabric helps to identify the fabric size quickly.
  • Service free – Anti-tangle castors prevent dirt and hair from clogging the wheels.
  • Comfort – The quick-drying mesh offers a comfortable resting position, and various sizes are available to suit the user.
  • Flexibility –The height can be changed to suit the environment and user needs and various accessories can be added to provide additional comfort and security.

Optional accessories include:

  • Padded upper or lower-side rail for an increased feeling of security
  • Head cushion for added comfort
  • Lap belt for additional security
  • Commode pan and tray kit
  • Aperture hole opening to allow for the addition of a commode pan

Overall, the shower cradle is an excellent option for individuals with limited mobility who want to maintain independence and dignity while bathing. Its various features, including the swivel castors, tilting mechanism, height-adjustable frame and removable mesh fabric, make it a versatile and convenient accessory for any bathroom.

If you’d like to learn more, please visit our Freeway Flow shower cradle page or get in touch.

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Prism Medical UK, a leading designer and manufacturer of affordable, clinically effective healthcare products, is delighted to announce a new partnership supporting the continued education of healthcare students.

Partnering with the University of Central Lancashire, Prism Medical UK has provided a range of market-leading healthcare devices to enhance healthcare education at the university. In return, Prism Medical UK will have access to the facility to support us in running training and educational health-based workshops.

Over 3,000 students on a variety of Allied Health Professional programmes, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and nurse education, will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with equipment such as our Freeway TA180 transfer aid, T80 shower chair and a variety of slings and moving and handling aids. Prism Medical UK’s sister company, Harvest Healthcare, has supported this collaboration by providing a Woburn Community Profiling bed. We also installed our new Freeway TX Advanced ceiling track hoist with a quick-release trolley and an H-system layout.

Chris Claydon-Butler, Managing Director for Prism Medical UK, commented, “Training and education are fundamental to achieving high-quality care. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support our next generation of healthcare professionals. This partnership is an excellent chance to help students reach their educational goals, provide them with the resources they need to succeed and train our future stars in this industry. We hope this training facility will help ensure everyone can access the best possible medical care.”

Tara Brookes, Principal Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Central Lancashire, said, “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Prism Medical UK. The partnership will not only support our current simulated learning strategy but enable students studying on health-related course to learn in an environment reflective of contemporary healthcare. Additionally, we are delighted in return to support Prism Medical UK through the provision of clinical learning spaces to provide training for Occupational Therapists in the Northwest area.”

Moving and Handling training room at the University of Central Lancashire
Moving and Handling training room at the University of Central Lancashire

We are excited to see what this collaboration will bring for the students and look forward to working closely with the University of Central Lancashire.

Please get in touch with us if you’d like to find out how Prism Medical UK can help you or discover more about our new range of ceiling track hoists. To discuss healthcare beds, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Harvest Healthcare.

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Prism Medical UK is excited to exhibit at the upcoming National Association of Equipment Providers (NAEP) event. The event will be held at the Chesford Grange Hotel and Spa in Kenilworth on the 13th and 14th of June. We will be located on stand 33, where we will be showcasing a range of specialist equipment, including our new Freeway Flow shower cradle.

The Freeway Flow shower cradle provides maximum comfort and support during showering, making it an ideal solution for those with mobility challenges. We will also feature other solutions from our bathing, moving and handling range, including the Freeway TX Advanced ceiling track hoist, TA180 transfer aid and Freeway Height Adjustable shower chair.

In addition to the product showcase, visitors to the Prism Medical UK stand will also have the opportunity to win a fantastic prize by finding the hidden phrase. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand and discussing how we can help with assessment, supply, installation, service and repair, and training for specialist moving, handling and bathing equipment.

Freeway height-adjustable shower chair with anti-tangle castors

We are thrilled to be exhibiting at NAEP 2023 and to have the opportunity to showcase our latest products and solutions. Our team looks forward to welcoming visitors to our stand, discussing their needs and requirements, and demonstrating how our products and services can help make care easier for them.

If you’re attending NAEP 2023, visit us at stand 33 to say hello, learn more about our products and services and enter the prize draw.

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