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February 2023
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November 2022
Latest News

All requisitions for NHS Trusts, Ambulance Services and frontline care facilities continue to be processed and despatched within 24 hours of receiving orders from procurement or supplies departments. An extensive stock holding and our own UK based factory located here in Southport has meant that we have been able to service all orders for patient handling equipment without any delays - we are acutely aware that many intermediary suppliers to the NHS who source alternative products from overseas manufacturers continue to experience supply chain issues and are unable to fulfill urgent order requirements and maintain their usual service levels .
We Supply The NHS
There is strong demand for the complete range of MEDesign's Patient Handling Equipment inventory but of particular note is the ongoing requirement for MEDesign's Patient Slider product. We are delighted that many NHS procurement departments have now taken onboard the fact that both the quality and cost price of this British manufactured product offers a better value yet comparable alternative to significantly more expensive products that are imported into the UK from the other side of the world.

Elsewhere, as UK industry and commerce has reopened its doors we are seeing substantial orders from end user companies who need to provide for the needs of large parts of their workforce who are now working from home. With budgets slashed and the need to find a "one product fits all" solution for back pain whilst sitting and working at the dining room table, the long established pedigree of the MEDesign Backfriend has proved to be the ideal solution for those situations where a bespoke office chair (often costing many hundreds of pounds yet lacking any degree of portability to move from office to home and then back again) is no longer an option for cash strapped occupational therapy departments and HR managers who are tasked with ensuring compliance with an ergononic working environment for their remote workforce.

If you need our assistance and think any of our products would prove to be of value in your own situation then please get in touch and we will do our very best to help.

April 2020
Latest News - NHS Covid Orders Update

27th April - The week started with further urgent NHS Covid 19 orders for quantities of our Patient Sliders. These orders were despatched with an overnight courier service, arriving at the NHS staging facility within 18 hours of leaving our factory warehouse.

20th April - Bulk order of MEDesign Patient Handling Slings for deployment on Ambulances in the UK NHS fleet have left the factory here in Southport today.

14th April -
Patient Sliders shipped out to NHS PTS Patient Transport Services based in Wales to facilitate the movement of patients between hospital and home.

9th April -
A repeat Covid order for MEDesign Patient Sliders was received this morning from NHS Procurement Services. This order was fast tracked through our production system to ensure it was available for despatch by our warehouse team this afternoon ensuring that possible delays caused by the bank holiday weekend do not delay final delivery to the clinicians and care teams.

8th April -
Following a telephone call received by our sales office this morning, we are proud to have been able to turn around an urgent NHS Covid order for a quantity of our MEDesign Patient Sliders for NHS South of England Procurement Services. Unfortunately the usual supply sources are currently unable to fulfill the immediate requirement quoting estimated lead times of at least 8 to 10 weeks. MEDesign has been able to complete the entire order ready for despatch within the factory working day and the consignment of product will be shipped from our warehouse tomorrow for immediate use by front line NHS clinicians and care teams.

March 2020
Latest News

MEDesign Ltd started out in business in 1982 and since that time, as a company, has lived through many episodes and periods of uncertainty and instability in the world's markets. And, whilst we have traded successfully as a company throughout previous events that have adversely affected the global population, it is evident that the latest pandemic is of a different magnitude to anything previously witnessed.

But, nevertheless, we are humbled at this time as a true British based healthcare manufacturing company to be able to support medical facilities and government bodies, both here in the UK and also in overseas countries, with the ongoing supply of our range of healthcare and patient handling products. In the last 14 days consignments of product including the MEDesign Patient Slider, MEDesign Slide Sheets, MEDesign Patient Handling Sling and MEDesign Patient Hand Blocks have been shipped direct from our factory here in Southport to Ambulance and Hospital Trusts throughout the UK and to overseas stockists and healthcare providers in countries including Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malta and the Netherlands.

As a manufacturer of essential medical and healthcare products our factory and warehouse remains open and fully operational with both domestic and export orders being processed and despatched on a daily basis.

And, if you are now working from home and suddenly find that you are having to deal with back pain issues then please do the sensible thing and rather than spending excessive amounts of money on so called specialist seating task chairs first take a look at the ubiquitous MEDesign Backfriend which may well be the perfect, value for money, solution to your problems. Our sales office and mail order service to customers here in the UK remains open for business as well.

If you need our assistance and think any of our products would prove to be of value in your own situation then please get in touch and we will do our very best to help.

With best regards,

Neil Walkingshaw
Managing Director

August 2019
Updated Product Literature

Backfriend Back Support Brochure ImageMEDesign Patient Slider Brochure ImageMEDesign Patient Handling Sling Brochure ImageMEDesign Slide Sheets Brochure ImageMEDesign Prism Bedglasses Brochure ImageMEDesign Patient Hand Block Brochure Image

Our sales and marketing team have been busy over the last couple of months updating and refreshing the vast majority of our product brochures and instructional literature. With over 12 updated brochures we'd recommend that you head on over to the literature DOWNLOADS section to get yourself copies of the latest updates. And if you need hard copies of the literature posted out to you, or have any questions, then drop us your details using the CONTACT US page.

January 2018
Happy New Year
After a very successful 2017, MEDesign would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers and suppliers from around the world for your ongoing loyalty and support. We wish you all a prosperous and successful New Year for 2018. Best wishes from all of us at MEDesign Limited.
October 2017

The Staybowlizer really is one of those superb, must have, products that you don't realise how great it is until you don't have one to hand. Our new high definition video gives you just a small flavour of the many practical uses you'll find it invaluable for. Available in various eye catching colours you can get full details and purchase your own by clicking here:

March 2017

Great gadgets galore. A saver bundle of our most popular and best selling assist products for the kitchen with a stunning saving of £9.23.

Includes the superb Staybowlizer (you won't know how you managed without it, Easi-Grip Knife with its beautiful ergonomics, Standard Multi Opener for all those awkward lids, caps and covers and the brilliantly simple Bottle and Jar Opener.

Click here to place your order NOW. Limited availability. Only while stocks last...!

January 2017
Happy New Year
As we move in to 2017, MEDesign would like to say a big thank you to all of our customers and suppliers, both here in the UK and indeed throughout the world, for your custom and support throughout 2016. We wish you all a successful, peaceful and prosperous New Year for 2017. Best wishes from all of us at MEDesign Limited.
November 2016

Backfriend Review Gadgethead Magazine
An independent review of the MEDesign Backfriend appearing in the November 2016 edition of Gadgethead Magazine concluded "Altogether, an impressive product that can improve your posture and eliminate back pain, it is worth every penny". You can read the full article here...

October 2016

Take advantage of the Backfriend SUPER SAVER BUNDLE with a huge saving of £18.80 - choose any Backfriend, add the SUPER SAVER Accessories Bundle which includes a DISCOUNTED Carrycase, complete set of luxurious real wool fleece covers, FREE spares pack and FREE UK delivery.
Place your order online now - simple select the Bundle Option when adding any Backfriend to your shopping cart. Or, if you prefer, give our sales office a call on 01704 542373 and place your order over the phone.

July 2016

Backfriend BrochureBACKFRIEND BROCHURE 2016
The revamped edition of the MEDesign Backfriend brochure is now available. It's been fully overhauled and now includes colour swatches of the very latest fabrics (including the very new and very popular Mulberry fabric) that the Backfriend is available in. It's available for download as a PDF from our Downloads Page (click here to visit the page). Or, if you prefer, get a hard copy by contacting our Sales Department (please include your full name and address) or telephone us on 01704 542373.

April 2016
MEDesign New Back Pack catalogue for 2016
New Back Pack Catalogue for 2016
We are delighted to announce that the very latest 2016 edition of the MEDesign Back Pack catalogue is now available. Totally revamped and packed with brand new, exciting products and aids to help make your life a little easier. You can download a copy by clicking here or, if you would prefer a hard copy sent out to you by post, please complete your name and address details on our contact page by clicking here.
November 2015
We're live on Twitter

July 2015

National Osteoporosis Society Facebook CompetitionNational Osteoporosis Society Facebook Competition
Enter the National Osteoporosis Society Facebook Competition and have the chance of winning a Backfriend. Not only that, but the lucky winner will be the first person anywhere in the world to own the new Mulberry coloured version! Click here for further details....

February 2015
Follow MEDesign on Twitter
Follow MEDesign on Twitter @medesignuk

MEDesign is now live on Twitter. Catch up on all the latest news and daily tweets from the team at MEDesign. And don't forget to keep your eyes peeled for details of any special offers, products of the week and even the odd competition or two!
January 2015
Happy New Year
MEDesign would like to wish all our customer and suppliers both here in the UK and overseas a very happy and prosperous New Year.
September 2014

MEDesign Website PCI/DSS Compliant
We take security of all customer data VERY, VERY seriously. MEDesign's policies, procedures and technical systems that store, process and/or transmit cardholder data have been independently validated by Trustwave to confirm compliance with the very latest PCI/DSS standards.
August 2014
New MEDesign Website Thumbnail

We are delighted to announce the launch of the new MEDesign website. The fresh new image is coordinated with the very latest responsive design website techniques which permit the information displayed and shopping experience to automatically and seamlessly adapt to the customer's viewing platform such as desktop computer, tablet pc or smart phone. Improved functionality includes a new customer account creation and login facility, overhauled store search facility and streamlined category and product pages for easier site navigation.
March 2014
With the arrival of National Sleep Awareness Week what better excuse do you need to invest in some new, supportive and oh-so comfortable additions to your bed?
MEDesign Pillow: Exacting Support for a restful nights sleep
MEDesign Bedboard: The ideal solution to that soft or sagging mattress
MEDesign Bedglasses: Avoid neck and back pain when reading or watching TV
MEDesign Real Wool Fleece Underblankets: comfort and warmth when you need it
MEDesign Bed Related Special Offers
All our products for the bedroom
January 2014
MEDesign would like to wish all of our customers and suppliers, both at home and overseas, a very happy New Year.
October 2012
It goes with saying that the UK's Emergency Services do a fantastic job providing assistance and support in times of crisis. But did you know that MEDesign's products can often be found in daily use by crews on ambulances and fire engines?

Keen eyed viewers might have recently spotted paramedics using our products in Channel 5's fly on the wall documentary Emergency Bikers. (Series 4 Episode 10 just in case you missed it first time round.)

Did you spot which of MEDesign's products was in use? It was in fact the MEDesign Patient Handling Sling.
September 2012
MEDesign successfully completes and implements GeoTrust True Business ID with Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certification for Online Ecommerce Website Transactions
Rest assured that MEDesign takes security very seriously indeed. Unlike cheaper SSL certification offerings seen elsewhere on the internet, the GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV (Extended Validation) is a premium enterprise-class SSL security product, visually confirming the highest level of authentication available among SSL certificates with 256 bit SSL encryption and 2048 bit root encryption.

MEDesign EV SSL Certification

Before this type of SSL certificate can be issued the strictest set of organisation and domain authentication standards of any SSL certificate must be successfully completed - we are delighted to announce that MEDesign passed with flying colours.

In addition the GeoTrust dynamic True Site Seal Trustmark, with embedded organisation name/date/time stamp provides independent third party verification and validation of the website identity.

April 2012
Yes, that's right. MEDesign is officially 30 years old this month. We've been designing, manufacturing, selling and exporting our products from our factory and offices here in Southport since 1982.

And even though you could accuse us of being biased we feel that's something to be justifiably proud about - particularly in view of the current economic climate.

But we couldn't have done it without you - our loyal customers. Thanks to each and every one of you for all your support over the years. Here's to the next 30!
January 2012
We've extended and improved our range of Natural Wheat Bags for 2012. Now available with soft, luxurious, polar fleece outer fabric covers and also with the added benefit of French lavender mixed in to the grain to produce a soothing and comforting aroma.
Link to Natural Wheat Bag Polar Fleece Lilac Cover
Link to Natural Wheat Bag Polar Fleece Red Cover
July 2011

Backfriend Brochure

The latest edition of the MEDesign Backfriend brochure is now available.
It's available for download as a PDF from our Downloads Page (click here to visit the page).
Or, if you prefer, get a hard copy by contacting our Sales Department (please include your full name and address) or telephone us on 01704 542373.

January 2011

Videos fitting replacement Backfriend Hinges and Hingelocks

Unsure about hot to correctly fit replacement hinges and hingelocks to your MEDesign Backfriend? We now have some short videos showing the correct technique. You can find them on the relevant parts ordering page:
Backfriend Hinges Video Replacement MEDesign Backfriend Hinges Fitting Video
Backfriend Hingelocks Video Replacement MEDesign Backfriend Hingelocks Fitting Video

January 2010

New Products for 2010
13 exciting new products have been added to our range for 2010.
Click here for the details

July 2009

Website Product Reviews
Bought one of our products? Want to tell the world what you think about it?
You can now add your own product review using the "Click to review this product" link on any of the product pages.

January 2009

New product range
More than 25 new products have been added to our range for 2009.
Click here for the details

December 2008

MEDesign Slide Sheets
A new improved specification for 2009 but with a SIGNIFICANT price reduction. Our updated range of slide sheets offer excellent value for money. Click here for the details.

29 November 2008

New VAT savings now apply to online orders.
The savings are calculated automatically at the checkout.

October 2008

Back Pack Catalogue
The latest edition of the MEDesign Back Pack catalogue is now available.
Back Pack Catalogue It's available for download as a PDF from our Downloads Page (click here to visit the page).
Or if you prefer get a hard copy by contacting our Sales Department please include your full name and address) or telephone us on 01704 542373.

October 2006

Online Shopping Experience
Our website product information and online ordering facility has been totally revamped. New features include a full product search facility, the ability to E-Mail your friends and colleagues with details of products you think might interest them and also our new point and click shopping cart facility is now fully operational.

February 2006

Backfriend HingelocksMEDesign Backfriend Hingelock
The days of losing Backfriend screws are over! Our new Hingelock is now part of every new Backfriend. It's simpler, more reliable and (we think) better looking. For full instructions visits our downloads page by clicking here. And prices for all spares or replacements are available in our online store.

October 2004

BackCare Awareness Week
The BackCare awareness week runs from 11th to the 17th October and aims to highlight the importance of back care. MEDesign is supporting the campaign with literature stands and product placements at various locations. Further details can be found at the BackCare website.

January 2004

Latest Back Pack Catalogue
The latest edition of the MEDesign Back Pack Catalogue is now available with revised layouts and an extended range of products. You can request your own copy by contacting our Sales Department - please include your full name and address.

April 2002

PDF Brochures
We've converted even more of our product literature into downloadable PDF format. Check out the Downloads section.

January 2002

PDF Brochures
We've converted more of our product literature into downloadable PDF format. Check out the Downloads section.

New prices lists are released
A few products have increased slightly in price. That said, we have also achieved substantial reductions on certain product lines. Check out our Product Pages for full details.

October 2001

BackCare: National Organisation for Healthy Backs
BackCare LogoMEDesign becomes a corporate sponsor of BackCare. BackCare (formerly known as the National Back Pain Association) is a UK charity which helps people manage and prevent back pain by providing advice, promoting self help, encouraging debate and funding scientific research into better back care.

September 2001

MEDesign Backfriend Best Buy
The Good Web Guide gives the MEDesign Backfriend a "Best Health Buy" award. Click here for full details.

August 2001

Online PDF Brochures
We've converted some of our product literature brochures into Adobe PDF format (and we're working on the others). This means that you can download and printout exact copies of literature that we would normally have to send by letter post. See the Downloads Section.

July 2001

Better Value
Travelling in comfort is now even more affordable. Our new model inflatable Neck Pillow relieves neck pains at a ridiculously low cost. See the Car/Driving section for full details.

May 2001

MEDesign TV appearance
MEDesign were invited to appear on one of the major TV health and lifestyle programmes. So Neil Walkingshaw (our General Manager) duly demonstrated our range of products (to very favourable acclaim). The Backfriend and Bedglasses were particularly well received.

Garden Kneeler Seat - We thought the Kneeler Seat was a bit too expensive so we've found a better model at a lower cost. Click here for full details.

January 2001

Bed Rope Ladder
MEDesign's own Bed Rope Ladder goes into full production. Whilst similar to existing products, the cost price to the end user is significantly cheaper. Please click here for full details.

December 2000

MEDesign Website Goes Live
The MEDesign website showing our full product range is launched on the worldwide web.

March 1999

Revamped MEDesign Patient Hand Block
The revamped MEDesign Patient Hand Block is launched to widespread acclaim. The new injection moulded design offers an ultra lightweight product with improved strength properties. Click here for full details.

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