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Medequip, one of the UK’s largest outsourced community equipment services (CES) providers, is joining forces with Dutch medical equipment company Medux to strengthen the firms’ assistive technology services in Europe.

In the UK, Medequip’s services to the NHS and local authorities enable people to live independently at home for longer, which alleviates pressure off the health and social care system. In the Netherlands, Medux supplies more than 1.5 million medical devices annually via its brands Medipoint, HartingBank and Atlas Kidtech.

The partnership will focus on ensuring healthcare remains affordable and accessible with an efficient supply of products and services. It will also strengthen both companies’ services across Europe and broaden their client bases.

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James Ibbotson, CEO of Medequip, looks forward to the collaboration with Medux.

He said: “This partnership is a major step forward for Medequip. By working alongside Medux, we can capitalise on its vast experience as the market leader in the Netherlands and further accelerate Medequip’s growth. Medux has an impressive reputation in the Dutch equipment market, and we look forward to our exciting future together with great confidence.”

Medequip works with assistive technology professionals and users to ensure they can remain as independent as possible. The outsourced provider visits more than 1.3 million people every year delivering CES, as well as other assistive technology services like technology-enabled care services (TECS), planned preventative maintenance (PPM), and minor adaptations.

The company has confirmed with AT Today that the partnership will not impact any current Medequip services, but that it will facilitate service enhancements in the future.

James told AT Today: “The partnership with Medux will not impact any current Medequip services, but is expected to open the doors to opportunities for new services and service enhancements into the future.”

“This is a big step forward for Medux”, added Jop Pollmann, CEO of Medux. “We are strengthening our position in the European equipment market; a market that is growing rapidly due to the ageing population and government policies to enable people to live at home independently for longer. This is something we are very familiar with and which provides significant opportunities for both Medux and Medequip.”

Operating in the medical equipment industry, Medux specialises in providing management, maintenance, and logistics of medical equipment for healthcare organisations and private individuals.

David Weavers, Partner at Clearwater International, who advised Medequip, stated: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Siddall family and the management team of Medequip. Medux has committed to further investment which will benefit the company and its various stakeholders. We wish both companies every success for the future.”

The organisations will continue to operate independently of each other. The proposed structure was submitted to the Dutch Healthcare Authority (Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit, NZa) for approval, the relevant regulatory authority in the Netherlands.

In recent times, Medequip won the BHR ICES (integrated community equipment service) contract, comprising of the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (BHR). This service will begin operating from 1 April 2022.

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