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PLH Medical go green

With the sheer scale of the global challenges ahead of us, thinking about the future may be a scary thought. The responsibility of our planets health relies heavily on us to act now before it’s too late, and this isn’t just within the private sector, businesses should be leading the way and setting the standard.

This is why here at PLH Medical we are taking steps to reduce our impact on the planet. With our customers all over the UK, we rack up quite a few miles a year! This is why we have recently invested in the use of electric vehicles, including installing a charging port at both our Blackpool office, and at our users homes. So now we can get to you quickly and with less environmental impact! We also pledge that our future vehicles will be purchased with fuel efficiency and environmental impacts in mind, hopefully one day soon we will be running a completely electric fleet!

Our building is equipped with motion sensor lights meaning they don’t stay on longer than needed, and in the rooms where these are not installed our staff are encouraged to switch lights off when they leave. To minimise energy consumption all our lights our turned off overnight and double checked before the building is vacated.

Now something the UK is great at is drinking tea, and our office is no exception! However, all our milk is sourced locally from a nearby farmer, both reducing impact and supporting local business. It’s a win-win! We also encourage all our staff to take part in recycling by having recycling bins readily available in the office kitchen and the office itself. Our warehouse staff also re-use the boxes we are sent to reduce packing waste.

To help you help our planet, our engineers are dedicated to offer in depth services to help extend the life of your equipment.

Our aim over the next few years will be to push ourselves to lower our carbon footprint even more, if you are interested in seeing what you can do to help, we highly recommend taking a look at the following sites;

https://www.wwf.org.uk/thingsyoucando

https://onetreeplanted.org/blogs/stories/sustainable-at-home?ads_cmpid=12344122523&ads_adid=117228778985&ads_matchtype=b&ads_network=g&ads_creative=498708761954&utm_term=how%20to%20live%20sustainably&ads_targetid=kwd-298054168944&utm_campaign=&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&ttv=2&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0eSBp-zk8QIVUuztCh3dRw0DEAMYASAAEgIHK_D_BwE

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Mental health awareness week with PLH Medical

We know most of you spend your time looking after others, but here at PLH Medical we want you all to take some time, connect with nature, and focus on you.

Nature is an amazing healer and plays an important part in protecting and supporting our mental health. So take a moment to bring it into your everyday life. We know this may be easier said than done, but with this blog we aim to share some ways this can be achieved, no matter where you are.

 

Nature is everywhere.

For those of you living city life, it may be harder to find, but try to pay attention to the little details. Whether that’s listening to the birds, looking out for changes in the weather, or even taking care of a houseplant!

 

Take some time.

Have some quiet time and reflect on your surroundings, it can be on your way to work, in the garden or on your break. Try to find one thing that’s positive, even these little moments can mean a lot when it comes to your overall mental health. Positivity breeds positivity!

 

Go on an adventure!

It doesn’t even have to be far, just aim to go somewhere new. Too busy? Why not take a different route to work! If it feels a little daunting to go out, invite someone with you, a friend or a relative will add to the adventure.

 

Bring nature to you.

If all else fails, or you don’t feel comfortable venturing out yet, bring nature to you! Houseplants are an easy and effective way of bringing some nature into your life, you can even get some that don’t require high levels of attention (even I can keep them alive!) which may be a good starting point.

If houseplants aren’t your thing, you can also connect with nature through your TV. Take some time to watch a documentary, maybe a gardening program, or even a film.

 

Obviously these are only a few ways to bring some nature into your life, but for a more in depth look at the things you can do, we highly recommend taking a look at the following website.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

And remember, take some time to look after yourself!

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Win a brand-new AGFA CR15X Package!

We’re excited!

And we think you should be too.

This year at London Vet Show, to celebrate being announced as the sole UK partner for veterinary sales for Agfa, we will be giving away one of Agfa’s most popular CR solution, the CR 15-X digital processor, along with all the essentials!* We can’t wait to see you all in person again, and what better way to celebrate than giving one lucky practice some brand new kit!  

Anyone can be in with the chance of winning our CR 15-X package, just find us on stand E10, speak to one of our friendly staff members, pop some details onto a form and that’s it, you’re entered! It’s that easy.

The lucky winner will be announced over our socials the following week, so keep your eyes peeled as it could be you and your practice.

So, will we see you there?

 

*Package includes a CR 15-X digitiser, x3 cassette plates, Windows 10 PC, Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse

 

The small print!
COMPETITION ENTRANTS
  1. By entering the Competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you in your Entry is true, accurate and complete in every respect. PLH Medical reserves the right to verify any information contained in your Entry and/or your eligibility to enter the Competition.
  2. Unless stated otherwise, the Competition is only open to persons who are resident in the United Kingdom and persons who are resident outside of the United Kingdom may not apply.
  3. In order to be eligible to enter the competition, you must be 18 or older.
  4. PLH Medical reserve the right to disqualify entrants if they believe any rules have been breached or any laws infringed. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that any failure to comply with the rules could lead to PLH Medical disqualifying the entrant, without giving any reason for such disqualification or granting any opportunity for challenge.
  5. Any person that is: (a) an employee of any company involved in the Competition; or (b) a family member of such employee, is not eligible to enter the Competition. PLH Medical reserves the right to disqualify any person that it knows is, or has reasonable grounds to believe is, ineligible for the Competition as a result of this rule.
  6. In the event that a Prize-winner is disqualified from the Competition, PLH Medical, unless otherwise stated in the Competition Terms, select an alternative Prize-winner in the same manner as the original Prize-winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules.
COMPETITION ENTRIES
  1. Entries must be made by the Closing Date 12/11/2021 and in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
  2. There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the website.
  3. Only one Entry per person is permitted. In the event that PLH Medical discover multiple entries for one individual, all entries will be disqualified. In the case that the entrant with multiple entries wins, another winner will be selected in the same manner as before.
  4. Unless otherwise set out in the Competition Terms, PLH Medical accepts no responsibility for the return of any Entries.
PRIZE-WINNERS
  1. Prize-winners will be selected and notified via email. No prize will be awarded where any entrant has committed any form of misconduct.
  2. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason PLH Medical reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.
  3. Prizes must be accepted in the manner set out in the Prize Notification. In the event that any Prize Notification is returned as undeliverable or any Prize-winner fails to validly reply to a Prize Notification within 28 days, PLH Medical reserves the right to disqualify the Prize-winner and select an alternative Prize-winner in accordance with Rule 6 above.
LIABILITY
  1. PLH Medical accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition, including as a result of any entrant winning or not winning any prize.
  2. PLH Medical accepts no responsibility for Entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post, or due to computer error in transit. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND DATA PROTECTION
  1. PLH Medical will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the Competition and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.
  2. All Prize-winners unconditionally agree (as a condition of accepting any prize) to: (a) the use of their name, one or more photographs of themselves and disclosure of their practice name and location; and (b) co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable post-Competition publicity.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
  1. The Rules and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter (including the Competition), existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforceability (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law.
  2. The Courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Rules or their subject matter, existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforceability (including non-contractual disputes or claims).
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PLH Medical is now the sole UK partner for Veterinary Sales for AGFA

We are excited to announce that PLH Medical has been appointed the sole partner in the UK Veterinary market for the sales of Agfa conventional and digital imaging products.

The UK digital imaging market has changed significantly over the last few years and the time was right to appoint a dedicated partner to provide Agfa imaging products in the pursuit of customer excellence.

We have invested heavily and been a progressive partner to Agfa for over 25 years. PLH Medical Ltd has a proven track record in customer service and continual innovation aligned with Agfa’s leading-edge product range.

Moving forward PLH Medical will be the only authorised distribution channel for Agfa sales in the veterinary market.

What are the benefits of a dedicated imaging partner?

Every PLH Medical engineer receives specific and ongoing product and support training to become certified as an Agfa approved service partner.

Access to an Agfa-certified engineer via our dedicated call centre to assist and identify necessary parts prior to an engineer attending.

By choosing a service plan with PLH Medical we will honour your warranty term and provide the very latest software and important safety updates.

 

We thank you all for your support, without our loyal customers this would not be possible! Here’s to many more years of growth and new opportunities!

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PLH Medical celebrates Earth Day

 

Here at PLH Medical we are passionate about our impact on the environment, today we’re joining millions of people around the world to celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of little steps everyone can take to reduce their footprint!

Changes wont happen magically overnight, it is something we all need to focus on and remember every little helps getting us towards a healthier planet and environment for the future generations.

Not all of us have the time to go to protests, volunteer overseas or do drastic actions, but all of us have the time for little actions that can make a big difference! Here’s just a few suggestions.

 

Support the Great Global Cleanup

Pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities, it doesn’t have to be a whole bag full, remember, you could be the difference between that bottle ending up in landfill or being recycled! So next time you’re out and about why not take an extra piece of rubbish home with you.

 

Enjoy food?

Another way to reduce your footprint and help the earth, is to switch to plant-based meals, it doesn’t have to be every meal, try participating in #MeatlessMondays and switch your meals just one day a week! Even such a small change can make a difference. Need some meal inspiration? Check out some tasty plant-based recipes.

 

Cats out the bag!

Reducing your footprint doesn’t even need you to change your routine, one thing we all do is shopping! Switch your bags out and use reusable eco-friendly shopping bags, if you drive to the store keep some in your car, this way there will be no need to buy a plastic bag at the store, saving you money and reducing plastic waste!

 

Water while you work

You can even help the environment whilst you work! Invest in a reusable water bottle, it’s such a small change but in the long run it will have a big impact on reducing plastic waste.

 

And the small change that everyone should do?

Turn off the lights when you leave the room!

 

These are just a few things everyone can do to make a difference and prepare the world for a healthier tomorrow. If you want to learn more about what you can do to support the environment, head over to earthday.org

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Medical Malpractice Insurance: A Valuable Safety Net for Vets

 

In order to practise in the UK all vets must be registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). They must also have Professional Indemnity insurance. This protects them if they make a mistake that results in a customer putting in a claim against them.

PLH Medical have partnered with Tapoly, a Lloyds coverholder and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, to offer insurance to vets and veterinary nurses.

 

Want to read more? Just click the button below! 

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PLH Medical Now Supplying Covid-19 Antigen Testing Kits

 

PLH Medical are pleased to announce that to support the fight against COVID-19 we are now supplying the lateral flow CLINITEST® Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing Kits. These are available to purchase in boxes of 20 tests.

The entire world has been gripped by the Covid-19 pandemic and everything from our personal lives to the economy has been impacted. As a result, preventing the spread of the virus has been key and regular testing has become an integral part of curbing the spread.

To support testing the Clinitest Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test has been designed to provide rapid results, which is crucial for businesses, education establishments and other areas to operate safely.

About Antigen Testing

Antigen testing involves identifying the presence of a protein, which is known as the nucleocapsid protein, which is found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This form of testing involves collecting swabs from the nose before it is placed in a special solution and then added to the testing strip.

The test will then deliver results in just 15 minutes that determine whether an individual is positive or not. These tests can then be used to help contain the spread of the virus by identifying those who are carrying the virus, regardless of whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic. What’s more, the tests have a specificity rate of 99.22% and a sensitivity of 96.72%, ensuring that they deliver reliable results.

Clinitest Rapid Covid-19 Antigen Test

Clinitest is a trademark of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and the company has a history of creating healthcare solutions for a range of requirements. The company has been given the CE mark of approval for the Clinitest Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test.

Clinitest has experience in creating rapid-response tests such as their pregnancy tests, which means that the experience is far-reaching. However, with rapid results, it enables communities and businesses to actively manage the spread and quickly act where positive cases are identified.

Who Can Buy These Antigen Covid Test Kits?

The tests can be utilised across any setting or industry, enabling businesses, education, and healthcare providers to actively monitor staff and personnel. Therefore, the kits cannot be purchased for home or personal use. This is because they must be used by a trained professional who understands what the test is about and what it’s limitations might be. Furthermore, it’s important that the individual administering the test has the ability to understand the complete clinical picture once the results have been determined.

About PLH Medical Ltd

PLH Medical Ltd is now one of the leading suppliers of X-Ray imaging equipment around the world. The company was established in 1977 and now provides solutions for use in the medical setting as well as the veterinary setting. The company has worked with respected names in the healthcare industry and they place a focus on product reliability as well as value for money and customer satisfaction.

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Europe’s first on-demand insurance provider partners with PLH Medical Ltd

Tapoly partners with PLH Medical Ltd to provide flexible Medical Malpractice Insurance

  • Up to £5 million of Medical Malpractice cover.
  • Adjustable limit – pay only for what you need.
  • Maximum protection with professional indemnity and public liability included.

Europe’s first on-demand insurance provider, Tapoly, partners with PLH Medical Ltd to provide Medical Malpractice Insurance – an essential cover for nurses, complementary therapists and all others in the allied healthcare professions who can now benefit from access to flexible insurance cover for damages or claims expenses incurred as a result of physical injury, death, mental injury and illness, mental anguish, disease, disability, sickness and shock of any patient.

A comprehensive policy, which has an adjustable limit, provides customers with flexibility and control over the amount that they need. It includes:

  • Professional Indemnity cover in relation to any financial loss caused to third parties by negligent act, error or omission during the provision of professional services
  • Public/General and Product Liability cover in relation to any bodily injury and/or property damage caused by an accident in connection with your business
  • Loss of documents (destruction, damage or loss) owned or are entrusted to you
  • Breach of professional confidentiality during your business
  • Libel and slander committed without malice in the conduct of your business
  • Inquest costs in respect of unexpected deaths which may give rise to a claim
  • Good Samaritan acts where you render assistance to a passer-by not under your direct care

Tapoly On demand locum insurance

Janthana Kaenprakahmroy, CEO of Tapoly said: “This is another great addition to our product line as well as our partners, as we remain committed to making insurance accessible and affordable to everyone. Medical malpractice insurance is needed by workers providing medical care or ancillary services to patients, where the risks could be significant. I am delighted to partner with PLH Medical Ltd – one of the leading suppliers of X-Ray imaging equipment and solutions across its markets in the UK and internationally, and also a business that shares the same values as Tapoly”.

With over 400 professions representing industries such as technology, management consultants, marketing, media, creative, administration and healthcare on the list, Tapoly is continuously working to make sure that its products are available to as wide an audience as possible, and it remains committed to its goal of making insurance affordable and accessible to everyone.

Mike Jenkins, managing director of PLH Medical Ltd said: “We were immediately drawn to Tapoly because of their creative culture and focus. Our customers can tailor their insurance to their specific needs and only pay for insurance when they really need it, an innovation that the locum sector has needed for so long. Tapoly provides the peace of mind to worry less about the risks and for our customers to spend more time focusing on doing what they love.”

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Making Changes With Remote Working

Back in 2014, I started working remotely when living in Italy. There wasn’t an office, and I had no colleagues nearby. This was a first for me, but I had managed to do it for many years.

Since then, I’ve tried many approaches. Some worked. Some were a disaster. I had even returned to an office environment two years ago when I joined PLH Medical, however, I have found myself working remotely again!

With the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies are requiring employees to work from home. It can be hard if you’ve never done it or haven’t done it regularly.

This post is about my experience. Yours will undoubtedly be different. After all, you must figure out your own rules when working from home. Since the UK lockdown, I have recently reconfigured the space in which I call my office. This is also due to my significant other now working from home which has presented different challenges such as, workspace, taking calls and such! However, it does come with its added benefits such as unlimited brew supplies and also another human being’s company.

Not everyone will have the opportunity to work alongside someone else during remote working, which is why you should be transparent with your friends, your team, and your manager about what you’re doing so you can find the best way to be productive.

Define Your Divide
Being a productive worker when being remote requires discipline, especially if you’re trying to demonstrate that you’re trustworthy and that working from home isn’t something for emergencies only. I have a dedicated working space. I have tried the couch and the dining room table, but those never worked for me. I eventually would get distracted. When you find that place, record a few minutes of audio and listen to it. You’d be surprised how much people on your conference calls can hear. I was surprised to learn that some microphones are designed to highlight background noises such as children crying or dogs barking!

I start every day the same way, which helps me transition to “work mode.” When my headphones are on, I’m working. And I wear them, even if I’m not listening to anything. I also use my laptop computer as an on/off switch. I turn it on while I’m preparing my first cup of tea in the morning, and it stays on for the rest of the day. Turning it off? That’s a signal my day is done.

Engage Your Family
Discussions surrounding working from home often focus on an employee’s relationship with their employer. But what about the family? If you’re new to working from home, understand that it doesn’t just mean change for you. It also means change for those who share the home with you. Thankfully it is just me, my significant other, an unhelpful cat and a house rabbit. However, some individuals may be working from home with small children. Find the right balance between work and home. Set work hours that you can follow, and make sure your family knows what they are. Create physical signals to let them know that you are working (these could be headphones on or a closed office door).

Working from home can be a big change if you’ve never done it before. But if you’re thoughtful about your approach, you can be productive, happy, and successful.

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Mental Health and Home Working

Our working lives have recently seen changes for a large number of us across the nation – but the emergence of COVID-19 has since led to an enormous change, more uncertainty, and new challenges for many of us. These challenges may include keeping focused when working at home or more importantly the change in our mental health during a nationwide lock down.

Keep casual and formal work moving

Structured and unstructured connections with work and colleagues must carry on whilst people are working remotely or flexibly. At PLH Medical, we regularly use video calls for all formal and non-formal discussions. This can include work-related projects or simply checking in on everybody’s well-being.
Mental health consider the entire team

We all have mental health and whatever our circumstance, this outbreak will undoubtedly have some form of impact on how we think and feel. I have discovered that having a good team bond has helped me personally and has kept my mental health in check. I find it can help simply by sending a simple ‘vibe check’ to colleagues, even if it’s a small text message or positive gif image; something to brighten their day!

Calling a colleague to discuss a project or pass information may be the only form of human interaction that you may have during these times. This is why I believe it’s important to encourage informal conversations. You may have an instant messenger or such as Microsoft Teams like us – but text messages and calls also work well. Daily check-in’s with my colleagues has always presented itself as a good idea.
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