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Drive’s Apollo Dynamic Mattress System

Helping the NHS tackle high bed occupancy levels during the colder winter months, Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare (DDH) can offer a range of medical equipment with bespoke rental options to help clients effectively manage their services.

During the winter months, the NHS is under significant pressure as demands for services increase with the onset of cold weather. One of the biggest challenges during this time, says Drive, is maintaining bed occupancy levels in order to keep services running.

According to the British Medical Association (BMA), for the last two winters (2017/18 and 2018/19), more than three quarters of sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) in England had NHS Trust bed occupancy averages above the 92 percent threshold as determined by NHS Improvement and NHS England. This reduces the Trusts’ ability to maintain patient flow through hospitals, notes Drive.

The BMA also added that 96 percent of NHS Trusts exceeded recommended bed occupancy levels during the 2018/19 winter season.

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Providing specialist equipment to meet the most demanding of requirements, Drive DeVilbiss offers rapid response times – as quickly as 4-6 hours – delivered by its nationwide service network.

Drive has 17 locations across the UK, including UK manufacturing, UK stockholding and a nationwide service network, which the company says enables it to meet client needs quickly for a seamless service.

With a vast rental fleet of specialist medical equipment, including profiling ward beds (standard and low height options), pressure area care mattresses (including dynamic, hybrid and foam), bariatric product packages and paediatric product packages, Drive says it is well-equipped to help ease pressure off the NHS.

For more information, call DDH’s Rentals and Service team on 01422 233136 or email

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