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Coronavirus: Knaresborough company helping supply NHS hospitals

Coronavirus: Knaresborough company helping supply NHS hospitals

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 6:45am 16th April 2020.

A Knaresborough company is helping provide vital medical equipment to the five new Nightingale hospitals across England, including in Harrogate.  

  • Knaresborough-based Craven & Co is making medical equipment for the NHS Nightingale hospitals. 
  • It's after they were fast-tracked into the NHS supply chain.  
  • The company usually makes products for the catering and retail sectors.

Wirework manufacturer Craven & Co is making and distributing 800 intravenous (IV) drip stands every day - after being fast-tracked into the NHS supply chain

The company is also making trolleys and shelving, and is providing all shelving and storage for the Harrogate Nightingale Hospital.  

In total, the company has delivered 4,000 IV stands to the ExCeL in London, and are currently manufacturing a further 8,500 to the Nightingale hospitals in Harrogate, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol.

NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate
The NHS Nightingale Hospital in Harrogate

Director Wez Dance said:

"As a UK-based designer and manufacturer mainly using materials from an established network of British suppliers, we have been able to quickly make and distribute medical equipment for the NHS."

"In addition, our expertise and experience in bespoke solutions has meant that, in a short space of time, we've been able to create a new IV stand design specifically for use in the Nightingale hospitals."

Manging Director Noel Baker said:

"We are delighted to be helping the NHS in their fight against this pandemic. All the NHS workers have inspired everyone at Craven & Co to be resolute and even more willing to go the extra mile."

"Although the supply chain has been a challenge during this crisis, we have managed to keep going where others have not. Many of the UK suppliers of equipment into the NHS offer imports from the Far East, so a lot of them are now out of stock so are unable to fulfil requirements."

A Knaresborough company is helping provide  vital medical equipment to the five new Nightingale hospitals across England, including in Harrogate.

Wez Dance described the NHS work as "a lifeline" for the business, after much of its operations "literally fell off a cliff almost immediately" when coronavirus restrictions were imposed.  The company usually makes products for the catering and retail sectors, which have been particularly hard hit by the current situation.

He said:

"Every hour we were assessing the business and what we needed to do, from contacting customers and suppliers to assessing workforce requirements."

"Losing most of our day-to-day business was extremely stressful, but it actually meant we had the capacity and resources to be able to react to the situation and produce the required equipment to the NHS in full and on time."