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Company News, Covid-19

As the market for PPE widens and then matures new products are being identified and sourced. The latest is the sleeved gown which is an addition to the range of disposable surgical aprons for hospitals and care homes.

Along with a new and cheaper digital Thermometer, the range has been strengthened and improved to meet increasing needs for the Autumn and Winter.

Following the successful arrival last month of the sleeved gowns provide a further level of approved medical grade protection for carers and patients alike. Adding to the range of disposable aprons used by amongst others, the NHS.

The new gowns if used in conjunction with medical grade KN95 face masks, Nitrile or Vinyl gloves and protective face visors together provide a hospital standard of protection if needed.

The new digital thermometer not only replaces the old Sejoy DET 306 but it is a better solution at a lower price.

Tim Lockett and the team are constantly striving to find and supply better and lower costs solutions. Every business is impacted by Covid 19 and undoubtedly there is an added layer of cost now incurred by businesses to maintain high standards of safety or Covid security. Deliver Net aim to partner and support rather than exploit which is why when prices could be reduced they have been, even if that means selling products at prices below cost that were paid for them at the height of the pandemic.

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Following the almost daily additions to local measures to reduce the ‘R’ rate, the UK seems to be heading towards another full lock-down. Some are arguing that this would help ‘re-set’ the country and remove local confusions. We have been supplying all type of businesses since the launch of the website in May.

Initially Deliver Net focussed its efforts on care homes during lock-down but as it had more than enough stocks of PPE warehoused here in the UK for next day delivery, the website www.dementiasigns.co.uk was turned into an online shop and opened its doors to the British business universe starting with other care related businesses including GP’s, dentists, Podiatrists and Physiotherapists to name just a few. 

Beyond that factories, schools, shops, barbers, hairdressers, beauticians and nurseries took advantage of the falling prices, next day delivery and price guarantees that Deliver Net established for the key products such as the Type IIR face masksAprons and face visors that became the mainstream front line defences against the Virus. 

The significant advantage that Deliver Net had was 25 years of experience in supplying these products before the Pandemic arrived on our shores. 

Not only did Deliver Net have the supply lines in place, it also had a significant investment in stocks held locally in its warehouses that it could collect and deliver via its own fleet of lorries. 

“The Business and its staff worked around the clock to ensure that Care Homes and British businesses received regular supplies of key medical grade consumables such as KN95 masks, many thousands of 5 litre antimicrobial hand sanitisers, disposable aprons, face shields and face visors”, added Pauline Birch Sales Director at Deliver Net. 

“The team has worked tirelessly whilst establishing its own Covid-secure environment and in order to avoid running out of stock of much sought after Nitrile gloves that were highly inflated in price in the market, Deliver Net maintained its low price but restricted access to just those businesses that were Care Quality Commission registered”, Pauline added. 

Deliver Net has once again built up stocks and reduced prices in preparation for the next phase of demand and anticipation of some significant growth in needs for the coming winter months.

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Last month Deliver Net replaced its standard Type IIR facemask with its first British made mask to complement the face visor already supplied that is made in the North West of England. Like many businesses during the crisis, Deliver Net decided, where possible, to support home grown manufacturing and supply, as part of helping the UK economy to get back on its feet.

Apart from the desire to support British manufacturers, the issue of shipping or freight costs and delays has proved problematic during the crisis and has contributed significantly to high costs, lack of availability and subsequent profiteering. 

The majority of supplies of PPE have been from China and with the urgency for delivery at the start of the crisis many products such as masks, were flown in to the UK to meet unprecedented demand. 

Furthermore, the complexity of getting stock and the many ‘middlemen’ involved in the process left the UK consumer vulnerable to non-compliant or sub-standard products, only identified when they finally landed here in the UK. 

Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net chose to avoid unknown suppliers and potentially run stock levels very low in order to avoid risking selling fake or inferior products, particularly for KN95 Face Masks. 

The new masks are £9.75 for 50 i.e. 19.5p each and there is a price guarantee to support what Deliver Net believes to be the lowest UK price. 

Similarly, there are price guarantees in place for the British face visor or shield and several of the range of products in the Covid 19 online shop.

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As a result of Deliver Net making available its PPE and other products available to other businesses and organisations this summer, people have also picked up on the ‘Memorabilia Collections’ that seems to have captured the imagination as well as prompting the memories. Our 50’s and 60’s collections have been bought by teachers for example, to help them construct lessons and classes about the childhoods of their grandparents.

“These are brilliant for kids too. I used the holiday one with my infant class and we based a retro Butlins afternoon on the program of events. Loads of detail and fascinating for anyone.” Said one teacher and Gaynor Smith added, “I love the look of these. We are planning a summer house type structure and think they would make a great and interesting decoration.”

When one of our team messaged Gaynor, she added, “Luckily I’m not at the dementia stage yet, but my father managed a shop in Uxbridge called Kirby Bros, where in the summer months they had a very good selection of lawn mowers, and my mother (and grandfather) were keen gardeners, so all together the pack is very attractive to me”.

The packs are complete reprints of booklets, catalogues and magazines and along with the scent packs, their job is to help carers, families and friends evoke memories for their loved ones who do suffer with Dementia. “We are delighted that, along with the reprint of daily newspapers from memorable days like VE day, the memorabilia packs, provide added interest and uses”, Pauline Birch, Sales Director at Deliver Net added.

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One of our Facebook followers will, this week, find out that they are the lucky winner of PPE worth £300 following the competition that we ran last month.

Thanks to all of the people who started to follow our Facebook page last month. We will be posting product information such as availability or price reductions there first to alert our customers. In addition, we will periodically make awards and prize draws like this to thank you for following us.

This month we are in particular keen to attract teachers and nurses, carers and HR people to follow us ahead of the new term and businesses or offices returning after the summer break. Please like or follow us here.

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Deliver Net has further reduced the cost of items of PPE and introduced new products as lock-down lifts. New additions include  Aprons on a roll so that 100 aprons can cost as little as £5.83 whilst vinyl medical grade gloves were added but almost immediately sold out as Deliver Net remained one of the few places with stock in the UK.

August saw the prices for PPE dramatically fall as market began to settle down and supply caught up with demand. The new additions including Aprons on a roll, helped by adding product options and also reducing price levels too.

One of the new products added was medical grade vinyl gloves AQL 1.5 in 3 sizes small, medium or large but with unsatisfied demand from non-medical customers, they quickly sold out. Any medical customers  can still access stocks of gloves as long as they have CQC registration as we reserve stocks for healthcare clients. 

Price guarantees now operate for Type ii R masks and aprons where if you can buy the same products Deliver Net will refund the difference. Hopefully, more price guarantees will come into being as new stocks arrive and freight costs reduce.

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We already have a faithful following of a few hundred people on Facebook, but we’d like to build that community now as so many more businesses use our services. So, we are offering a prize draw for £300 worth of PPE for one of our Facebook followers.

If you would like to win £300 worth of PPE for your care home, school, business, organisation, or would like to donate to your local school, or care home, then please be part of our following. 

Increase the chances of winning – ask other staff members to like us too!

In future, news and product information will be published first on Facebook, along with other features, guides, and useful information about our products and services.

Like us on Facebook here.

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The centenarian hero who became a symbol of British resolve and charity during the start of lockdown at the height of the crisis, was captured by Keighley based Sculptor, Marcus Levine over 15 days last month. The finished piece was auctioned on June 10th and raised a 5 figure sum for the charities that Deliver Net supports. Read on, for the full story and see the video of this national treasure being created.

The centenarian hero who became a symbol of British resolve and charity during the start of lockdown, at the height of the crisis, was captured by Keighley based Sculptor, Marcus Levine over 15 days last month. 

The finished piece was auctioned on June 10th and raised a 5 figure sum for the charities that Deliver Net supports.

Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net, the UK’s leading supplier to the nation’s care homes, was so taken by the now world famous story about Col Sir Tom Moore, that he commissioned a local Yorkshire artist and Sculptor Marcus Levine to create a depiction of the man, and his exploits, in nails.

The finished portrait took 15 days to complete, weighs 16.5kg, and is comprised of 50,000 nails. 

The idea, that the artist and his sponsor devised, was that the portrait would then be sold via a Yorkshire based auctioneer, Tennants and the proceeds then would be donated to two charities. 

The Care Workers Charity who amongst other things, support care workers who themselves fall ill, and who often are not then paid, as they can’t work. 

Also The Captain Tom Foundation, which Col Tom, formerly Capt Tom has selected to support causes focussed on combating loneliness, supporting hospices, and helping those facing bereavement.

The portrait went under the hammer on June 10th, raising £10,200 for the charities.

There is also a nice story that came from the buyer herself who will receive it after Sir Tom signs it on July 16th. It was bought by a retired Biomedical scientist from Barnsley so it remains in Yorkshire.

Marcus Levine, the creator, told us “She felt it could & should have gone for more money which was a lovely thing for her to say. I am, however, very pleased with the final sale price for such a small piece”, he added.

The anonymous buyer did allow us to share some personal information about her motivation to buy it and her interests, though.

“My Dad was a pathologist, my Mum a biomedical scientist, as was I, and my husband was a biochemist, but the main thing really, is that together we collectively had over 120 years of service for the NHS”.

When asked if she’d like to be named her reply was, “No but some people will guess who I am and to just give you a bit more background my Dad made the first heart valve to be used in Sheffield in the 50s”.

She herself had open heart surgery in the very hospital she’d worked in for 40 years of her life and wanted to give something back.

She has agreed to loan the piece, for public display,  so it can be seen by the public somewhere. 

We had hoped that it could be at the National Arboretum but their schedule has been disrupted and is already full, so if anybody has any other ideas please put your suggestion on our Facebook page.

Colonel Tom has now agreed to sign the sculpture, adding more historical significance to this spectacular piece of art.

You can see the video of the creation of the portrait here on the facebook page and the BBC news story on YouTube.

If you want to donate to either charity, the links are below:

Both the artist and the auctioneers waived their usual commissions and royalties and all other costs were covered by Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net. 

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Deliver Net helps to drive down market prices and stop profiteering by making its UK stocks of PPE available to all business whilst the Government extends PPE VAT 0% to help people getting back to work, and makes mask wearing mandatory.

Last month saw the full launch of the Covid 19 shop allowing any businesses to buy PPE at low prices. Stocks are held in the warehouse at Skipton and most things have been freely available and delivered next day so that people didn’t have to panic buy. 

The only restrictions were Nitrile gloves which were limited in supply and now are only available for CQC registered businesses. Everything else has been available to meet demand and key lines like the Type IIR face masks have been on both a ‘price guarantee’ and a bulk buy offer of 40X50 packs at £1,000 (so, 50p each). 

Many prices have been reduced as new stocks arrived by sea as opposed to products that were initially flown in to support the care sector at the height of the PPE crisis.

With the government’s recently issued guidelines for the use of masks in shops, along with some healthcare experts concerns about a second wave, it’s a good time to be prepared. 

Many were caught off guard by demand in March and April, with prices spiralling out of control. 

Deliver Net is determined to offer support for all businesses where it can at prices that are affordable.

New products and prices are being added all of the time, so it is worth checking on a regular basis. 

For speed, it was necessary to use the ecommerce platform for Dementia Signs which is now out of date but a new website is due shortly and that will improve things significantly.

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Most people recognise that face masks including KN95iiR and FFP2 are commonly worn by people caring for sufferers of COVID-19. Usually in hospitals on TV, staff go a stage further and wear a face shield or face visor as well as well as part of their protection regime. This short article outlines the benefits of visors and shields to give you more background information.

Full face shields are likely to become the PPE item of choice as restrictions slowly begin to loosen and people get back to work. They are likely to be more popular for a variety of reasons. The first and most common reference to face shields and visors in the medical workplace is the added protection to the eyes and face to prevent micro droplets carrying the virus landing directly on a person. Not only does this prevent them becoming infected but it also suppresses coughs and sneezes.

Visors and shields can be reused too, so they provide a longer life and are more comfortable to wear than a face mask for people in a normal workplace. We all naturally touch things and then touch our face and mouth and the face shield provides a natural barrier to prevent that happening.

Face shields and Visors for schools, care homes and health centres such as GP’s

Face shields are commonplace in medical settings; doctors and nurses who treat coronavirus patients use them along with standard face masks. Some healthcare professionals recommend that they should also be worn in schools by children and teachers, and by staff in offices and the workplace. Certainly, having your own personal protection screen whilst potentially being exposed to the virus has to be a benefit and comfort.

A significant advantage for care homes, schools and other workplaces is that people can see your face. Those who suffer with hearing issues, and may need to lipread, can see facial expression and hear far more effectively with a visor rather than a mask.

Advantages of face visors and face shields compared to face masks

“Face shields appear to have a number of advantages: They’re easy to wear correctly and good at blocking droplets,” says Eli Perencevich, MD, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System. “They’re really a better option for protection.”

Perencevich and his colleagues published a report in JAMA last month, arguing that face shields have more COVID-fighting potential than standard masks when used with increased testing, contact tracing, and social distancing. A few things make shields superior he says. For one, many people wear masks that fit badly and so don’t work as well. They also prompt people to touch their faces more, increasing the risk of viral spread. They leave much to be desired in terms of comfort, he says, and they make it harder to breathe.

Are face visors and face shields better value?

Shields come with the perk of being easily sanitised and reused, says Keith Kaye, MD, a professor of medicine and director of research for the division of infectious diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School. “I do think we’re going to see more and more face shield use,” Kaye says. “Particularly as COVID continues to cause problems.”

According to WebMD Health News Brief May 29 th 2020:

While there is not a lot of data on how well masks work, one recent study in China found that wearing a mask at home reduced transmission to other members of the same household by nearly 80%. Shields, meanwhile, have been found to successfully block droplets. One cough simulation study in 2014 found that a shield may reduce exposure by 96% when worn within 18 inches of someone coughing. In addition, face masks are not meant to protect the wearer — they leave other vulnerable parts of the face exposed, like the eyes. They are meant to keep an asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic person from spreading it to others.

Other parts of the world are embracing the use of face shields outside of hospitals. Schoolchildren in Singapore are being given face shields as they head back to classes in the coming days. The Infectious Diseases Society of America has listed widespread use of protective gear, including face shields, in the process of lifting restrictions, but the CDC still recommends just face masks for people outside the healthcare realm.

Like many items of PPE, face shields and face visors have been in short supply. At Deliver Net we already had stock of face shields before COVID-19 but in addition we added a new line, a lower cost visor that is manufactured here in the UK and covers wider needs. We worked with the manufacturer who, 2-months previously, was making paper straws and facing closure as all of its customers had cease trading. Happily, they designed a simple and effective face visor that acquired a CE registration to British Standards and now they supply us and various elements of the NHS.

Deliver Net will, this week, open our warehouse and services to support other businesses beyond the care sectors including schools, offices, factories and organisations of all types. One of the first new customers to benefit from our stocks of PPE was perhaps a more unusual business, an otter sanctuary.

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