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VICTORIA UMUNNA JOINS SUMED TO SERVICE THE LONDON AREA

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Victoria Umunna is the latest recruit to join the Sumed® sales team, following in the footsteps of Mike Lingwood who started with the Company in October 2010.  Victoria will be responsible for looking after sales in the London area.

With a degree in Physiotherapy and Bio-medical Science, Victoria has over six years experience in Sales within the Industry.

Diane Hargrove from Sumed comments ‘We are delighted to welcome Victoria to our ever expanding team and look forward to introducing her to our existing clients in the London area.’

Victoria’s extra curricular interests include Music and Street Dancing so Sumed® are confident that she will generate some new interest amongst her colleagues as well as bringing her professional expertise to the Sumed team.

To contact Victoria Umunna please call SUMED on 01457 890980 or email


Prime Nest 2

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STYLISH STABLE SEATING FOR THE ACTIVE USER! 

We are delighted to announce an exciting new cushion from the Sumed® portfolio. PrimeNest® 2, a low profile seating system specifically developed for the more active wheelchair user, offering excellent pressure relieving properties combined with exceptional stability. 

PrimeNest® 2 is gently contoured at the front of the cushion to provide additional comfort for the user. 

The specific combination of foam used in the production of PrimeNest®2 enables a high degree of envelopment with stability of the hips enhanced further by the shaping of the high quality durable contoured ABS* base. Primenest® 2 also has a top layer of pebbled Akton® gel which assists in the reduction of friction and sheer forces, as well as reducing shock transmission through the frame of the wheelchair. 

Primenest® 2 is available in four different sizes, 16"   square, 17" square, 18" square and 20" square, the size of the cushion  should be selected to cover the maximum seating surface of the appropriate seating area.

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    • primenest
    • Pressure Mapping Example

*Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene Akton is a registered trademark of Action Products Inc.Sumed is a registered trademark of Sumed International (uk) Ltd

For further information or to arrange a demonstration please call SUMED on 01457 890980, Fax 01457 890990 or email


FlowForm Ultra 90

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EXCITING NEW CUSHION FOR PRESSURE RELIEF!

Sumed is delighted to launch NEW Flowform® Ultra 90, a cost effective modular cushion offering excellent pressure relief, ideal for cost effective community seating and wheelchair users.
    • Flowform®  Ultra 90 Cushion

A full range of sizes is available, ranging from 16 inches squrae, 17 inches square, 16 inches by 18 inches and 18 inches by 20 inches, all with a depth of 3.5 inches.  Flowform® Ultra 90 is suitable for clients weighing up to 20 stones (127kg) and comes with a 2 year warranty.

#Tuftane is a registered trademark of Permali Gloucester Ltd. 

Flowform is a registered trademark of Sumed International (UK) Ltd

    • flowform module

For further information or to arrange a demonstration please call SUMED on 01457 890980 or email


MIKE LINGWOOD JOINS THE SUMED SALES TEAM

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Sumed is delighted to announce the arrival of Mike Lingwood who joins the ever expanding sales team.  Mike will be responsible for the North West of the country, which sees him servicing an area that stretches from Stockport and Warrington to the South of his territory, all the way up to Carlisle in the North. 

Mike has had a long and successful career in Orthotics as well as having gained a plethora of industry related experience in Pressure Relieving and Manual Handling products. 

His main field of expertise is Community Equipment Services and he is looking forward to expanding the Sumed franchise within that area. 

Diane Hargrove from Sumed comments ‘Mike has already hit the ground running with the enthusiasm and energy that both Sumed and our clients welcome wholeheartedly.’ 

When Mike is not working he enjoys socializing, spending time with his children, attending the gym and generally enjoying life to the full.   

Mike Lingwood

    • North West Territory Manager

To contact Mike Lingwood please call SUMED on 01457 890980 or email


SUMED ATTEND AS A CORPORATE PARTNER AT ANNUAL LEG CLUB CONFERENCE

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The end of September saw Sumed attend as a Corporate partner at ‘Wound care in the Noughties’, the Leg Club’s 10th anniversary conference which was held in Worcester.

The Leg Club is a foundation that has been created to relieve suffering from leg ulcers and associated conditions through the implementation of an award winning model that motivates and empowers patients to take ownership of their care in order to alleviate their suffering and reduce the stigma attached to their condition.  It also seeks to advance education in all aspects of leg health amongst suffers, carers, the general public and healthcare professionals.

The first day of the full two day programme saw delegates participating ‘hands on’ at a variety of different workshops including ‘Latest technology in practical ABPI assessments’ and ‘ Compression bandaging in the noughties!’ through to ‘How to set up a Leg Club’.

The second day consisted of a full programme of topical lectures presented by numerous eminent speakers from the industry including Consultant Nurse and Senior Lecturer at Worcester PCT and Worcester University, Jackie Stephen-Haynes.

 With over 150 delegates attending the event, the 10th anniversary of the conference generated the highest number of attendees to date, illustrating just how wide the Leg Club message is spreading!

 For more information on the Leg Club please go to their website www.thelegclub.co.uk or scroll up and click the link on the left of the page.

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7th – 9th JUNE 2010 SECC GLASGOW

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Sumed Stand 29

Sumed will have a major presence at the 4th International Conference on Posture and Wheeled Mobility to be held from June 7th to 9th 2010, at the SECC in Glasgow.  The team, based on Stand 29, will be on hand to display a wide range of products from the portfolio as well as delivering new product launches.

Sumed will also be hosting live demonstrations of the state of the art X-Sensor ™ Pressure Mapping System which has created a great deal of interest over the past few months. The aim of the event is to place emphasis on creating, presenting, and discussing proposals for Best Practice in a number of areas around seating, posture, and mobility. The topics are a mix of updates on existing best practice guidelines and proposals for new ones, and are being worked on by interdisciplinary teams of therapists, medics, engineers, and manufacturers, as appropriate.

  • The Conference will be covering:
  • Mobility technical and clinical issues
  • Managing posture and function
  • Cross and multidisciplinary insights

The role of assistive technology in meeting the needs of individuals 
Do come and visit us on Stand 29 where the friendly knowledgeable team will be on hand to offer professional help and advice for your individual requirements. Mobility flyer Please click to download PMG brochure

    • Posture and Wheeled Mobility 2010 logo

On a lighter note…

ENTER THE SUMED ‘FREE PRIZE DRAW’ ON STAND FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FABULOUS HAMPER!

(No purchase necessary)

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SUMED ABLE TO OFFER FINANCING ON SELECTED PRODUCTS...

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Managing Healthcare budgets always presents a challenge particularly in today’s environment, Sumed are delighted to be able to offer financing options for some products. This service is designed to allow healthcare professionals, specialists and clinicians a more immediate opportunity to acquire state of the art products to promote the well being of their clients, ultimately reducing the cost of long term care. 
Sumed is offering the new flexible finance solution via Syscap, the UK’s leading independent provider of technology finance, with over fifteen years experience helping Public Sector bodies acquire the IT they need.  Unlike banks and other finance providers, Syscap is experienced in providing finance for “total solutions” including hardware, software, training and maintenance.
Quotes are generally provided on a lease or managed service basis, both of which can be structured to enable off balance sheet status if required. Syscap are aware of the requirements regarding the NHS and are comfortable with the documentation drafted by PASA.
A variety of different structures, payment terms, deferrals etc can be offered dependent upon individual clients’ needs and budgets.
Graham Collyer of Sumed comments ‘Sumed is confident that the introduction of a finance package to help clients purchase higher investment products will ultimately benefit both the clinician and end user, greatly reducing their ‘care’ budgets in the long term.’

FINANCE PACKAGE NOW AVAILABLE FOR X-Sensor™  Pressure Mapping System
One of the products in the Sumed portfolio to benefit from this option is the state of the art X-Sensor™  Pressure Mapping System.
For use by clinicians, rehab specialists and other healthcare professionals, X-Sensor™ pressure imaging systems are used to measure dynamic interface pressure between patients and a variety of support surfaces.

    • xsensor x3 display unit

SUMED ACQUISITION OF RAYMAR CLEAN AND REPAIR SERVICE

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Sumed is delighted to announce the acquisition of the ‘Clean and Repair’ Service from Raymar Healthcare Limited. 

Raymar has been Sumed’s sub-contractor of clean and repair activity for several years and the new acquisition promises to be a development that will benefit both companies, employees and clients alike.  

The consolidation of activity will result in a new service which will be integrated into the Sumed portfolio within the Hadfield facility enabling the company to offer a more efficient and superior quality ‘clean and repair’ proposition to customers. 

Graham Collyer of Sumed commented ‘We are delighted to have acquired this business activity, particularly from a highly respected outfit that has been synonymous with integrity and standards of service.  By incorporating this service into the Sumed operation, I am confident that the existing high standards of service will excel’. 

For further information please call SUMED on 01457 890980 or email


DID YOU VISIT SUMED AT NAEP?

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The end of June saw the Sumed team at the annual NAEP conference at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool. 

NAEP which stands for “National Association of Equipment Providers” is aimed specifically at the Health, Social Care and Voluntary Sectors – Sumed was delighted at the interest and number of visitors to their stand.

The stand showcased a wide selection of pressure relieving surfaces, continuity of care products and featured live pressure mapping demonstrations with the X-Sensor pressure mapping system. 

Sales Director Diane Hargrove said ‘It’s always such a pleasure at events like these to be able to talk to visitors about our products in an informal setting’.


If you didn’t have any opportunity to attend the NAEP Conference or visit the Sumed stand and would like more information on the Sumed product range then please call us on 01457 890980 or email



    • Sumed Stand with Diane Hargrove
    • Busy Sumed Stand
    • Sumed stand

April 2010 - Naidex

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A successful three days was recently spent by the Sumed Sales Team at the ‘Naidex’ exhibition which ran from April 20th – 22nd.   The annual  event is held at the NEC, Birmingham and witnessed Sumed showcasing its full range of products.
With a constant stream of visitors to the stand, tremendous interest was shown in the company’s ‘ Continuity of Care’ product ranges including Tempur and Sumed also proved to be a major draw .
Visitors to the stand were also extremely impressed with the live demonstrations of the X-sensor™ Pressure Mapping System which showed clinicians the potential benefits the new V6 software offered as well as clearly demonstrating how simple the X-sensor system is to operate.
Sumed’s Diane Hargrove said ‘ We had an amazingly busy three days with a great deal of interest in all our products.  It was good to catch up with many familiar faces as well as meeting and introducing our range to a lot of new ones!’
On a lighter note, a FREE prize draw to win a fabulous Hamper was also held, with the winning recipients walking away with lots of luxurious goodies.

    • Naidex 2010 logo

In the photo from l to r……Sue Bradley, Philip Charlton-Smith, Diane Hargrove and Sarah Lahert

If you didn’t get the opportunity to visit Sumed at the exhibition and would like more information on our range of products, please call us on 01457 890980 or email sales@sumed.co.uk

    • Sumed Stand with Territory Managers

NEW CONTINUITY OF CARE LITERATURE – CONTACT SUMED FOR A BROCHURE

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A new ‘Continuity of Care’ brochure is now available from Sumed which not only features  products from a wide range of brands within the portfolio including TempurMed® and Action®, but also includes Sumed’s own well established ranges such as Flowform™ and Viscotech®.

Covering products ranging from toilet and bath cushions to heel and elbow pads, the brochure also details a selection of Leg spacers, Positioning Rolls, Lumbar supports and Vein cushions.

For a free copy please  send your name, address, telephone number and email details to sales@sumed.co.uk or CALL SUMED direct on 01457 890980

    • Continuity of Care leaflets

Wounds UK November 2009

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A successful three days was recently spent by the Sumed Sales Team at the “Wounds UK” exhibition at Harrogate.  With over 600 visitors to the stand, the company’s presence established that there is tremendous interest in the Sumed ‘continuity of care’ product ranges as well Roho™, Ciltech™ and Veinoplus™ which are all integral to the portfolio.
Visitors to the stand were also extremely impressed with the live demonstrations of the X-sensor™ Pressure Mapping System which showed  clinicians the potential benefits the new V6 software offered as well as clearly demonstrating how simple the X-sensor system is to operate.
On a lighter note, a FREE prize draw to win a fabulous Christmas Hamper was also held, with the winning recipient walking away with lots of tasty goodies for the festive season!!

    • Diane Hargrove at Sumed stand
    • Graham, Diane and Roger

If you didn’t get the opportunity to visit Sumed at the exhibition and would like more information on our range of products, please call us on 01457 890980 or email sales@sumed.co.uk


HIGH PEAK MAYOR VISITS SUMED IN HADFIELD

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April saw the Mayor of the High Peak, Cllr Peter Kay drop by to Sumed and take a look around the operation.

    • Mayor visits Sumed International

Photograph courtesy of Reporter and Chronicle Newspapers

The visit was part of the Mayor’s plan to visit successful businesses within the borough and more particularly, his home town!
The Mayor spent time looking round the premises, discussing the nature of the Sumed  business and meeting members of the team. The visit was enjoyed by all and the Mayor appeared suitably impressed after his tour.


PRODUCT FOCUS CILTECH™ SHEET AND GEL – THE SILICONE SOLUTION TO SCARRING

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Sumed is now able to provide the healthcare professional with a single, simple source for silicone scar treatment, by offering a comprehensive sheet and gel range from Ciltech™ 
Offering  substantial cost savings, Ciltech™ Anti-Scar Gel and Ciltech™ Anti-Scar Elastomer Sheet provide the ideal solution for flattening, smoothing and reducing the discolouration associated with keloid or hypertrophic scars following surgery, burns or other traumatic wounds.
Hypertrophic and keloid scars have been successfully diminished by either silicone sheet or silicone gel treatment since the 1980s and it is believed that silicone treatment delivers partial occlusion and rehydration of the skin, leading to a reduction of scar size and prominence.

The Ciltech™ range comprises :-

Ciltech™ Anti-Scar Gel

Available in 15g or 60g packs and comprises a self-drying silicone based product which, when applied as a thin layer, will dry within about 5 minutes to form a transparent semi-occlusive film.

Ciltech™ Anti-Scar Elastomer Sheet

Available in 10cm x 20cm, 15cm x 15cm and 10cm x 10cm sheets, which can be cut to size – a self-adhesive conformable silicone sheet backed by a semi-permeable polyurethane film.
 

The Ciltech™ products have been available on drug tariff since  November 2008 and are rapidly gaining widespread usage within Burns and Plastics departments as well as Hand therapy units.  
For further information please call SUMED on 01457 890980 or email sales@sumed.co.uk


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SUMED GIVES A MUCH NEEDED BOOST TO LOCAL JUNIOR FOOTBALL TEAM

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In line with Sumed’s policy of supporting the local community, the company recently presented a junior football team with a cheque to help provide them with their supply of footballs.
The recipient club, Gamesley Villa is actively appealing to locals to help them find new premises as with over 120 budding stars on their books they have outgrown their current location at Gamesley Primary School.
Executive Chairman of Sumed, Graham Collyer said ‘We are very keen to support local initiatives and we looked at Gamesley Villa and the youngsters and we wanted to help them.  The club is well run and we aim to support the community the best we can’.
Secretary of Gamesley Villa, Pete Aldred, responded ‘This money is a great boost for us.  We are looking for a new place to play.  Gamesley School has been great to us and we owe a lot of thanks to them, but we need somewhere else now’.

    • Graham Collyer and Football Club

STATE OF THE ART PRESSURE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM SUMED

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An updated and user-friendly interface pressure measurement system is now available in the UK, exclusively from Sumed.  What makes the updated XSensor ™ Pressure Mapping System unique, is that unlike its predecessors, it is both simple to use and maintain, whilst benefitting from advanced functionality.  Added to this, its affordability now makes it a viable tool to reduce the risk of pressure damage in patients.
The NEW ADVANCED V6 SOFTWARE has been developed to offer faster data capture and allows for improved manipulation. In addition to the basic assessment option of the V5 version, the V6 has the additional benefit of a comprehensive four step surface assessment guide, including extensive positional analysis and risk assessment protocols.

This system is available with the innovative ‘plug and play’ display option which makes pressure mapping so simple to use – where ever you are!
 Sumed also offers a FULL CALIBRATION SERVICE available from their offices in Hadfield, providing a quick, easy and efficient package for an exceptional product which is destined to be integral to the care and management of pressure damage.

    • xsensor x3 display unit

Scientists harness nature's sea healers

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Scientists at the University of Bolton are using seaweed and crab shell extracts to create an innovative medical textile with unique properties to aid and accelerate healing.
This new material, called Chitocel, is now set to be developed as a revolutionary wound dressing. Infused with natural healing and antibacterial properties, this dressing will be able to absorb moisture, help stop bleeding and be hypoallergenic. It will also be better for the environment, its natural products ingredients make it completely biodegradable.
International patents have been filed and the material's commercial future will be developed with North West medical dressings company Sumed (International) UK Ltd. The work was made possible as a result of support Sumed received from SEEDA (the South East of England Development Agency).
Leading the four-year research project at the University of Bolton is Dr Mohsen Miraftab who has worked in the field of wound dressing development within the university's Centre for Materials Research and Innovation (CMRI) for the past eight years.
Pictured with Dr Miraftab is Graham Collyer, the Executive Chairman of Sumed (International) UK Ltd, in the CMRI textiles labs at the University
Said Dr Miraftab:
'We began by looking at alginate, extracted from a type of seaweed which has excellent liquid absorption properties. This is very important in wound dressings as the body produces its own natural defence to wounds, for example plasma, which needs to be absorbed and held away from the skin.'
'We were also looking for healing qualities and it is Chitosan, extracted from crab shell, which provides all the healing and antibacterial merits of this new material. In stories of ancient China, in battles, there are tales of crabs being smashed open and thrust into wounds. There is logic in this; Chitosan is antimicrobial and accelerates cell activity. In effect it heals and kills bacteria but, of course, it can't absorb water – being the crab's shell it is actually designed to do the opposite.'
Dr Miraftab's team have found a way to fuse together the molecules of alginate and Chitosan, creating a new molecule. Their patented technique uses hydrolysis and wet extrusion processes to create a new fibre which is infused with all the natural properties of its raw ingredients and yet strong enough to be made into a dressing.
Said Dr Miraftab:
'We are not the first team to look at alginate and Chitosan, but we are the first to successfully create a combined fibre strong enough to be made into a wound dressing.'
Now, working together with Sumed (International) UK Ltd, the team has developed the fibre from the initial university prototype to create a 10cm-square wound dressing.
Said Graham Collyer, the Executive Chairman of Sumed (International) UK Ltd:
'There is still more testing to do on Chitocel but all the indicators are that we do have something new.
'Pre-clinical safety trials are currently being carried out and further funding for commercialisation is being sought.'

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