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Weighty deal for Aegis Healthcare

Shelley-headquartered Aegis Healthcare, a supplier of medical devices, has bought a Lancashire company which makes bed frames for obese patients.

The business has acquired Pavillion Medical, a developer and manufacturer of bed frames and other specialist equipment for bariatric patients. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

Aegis Healthcare said the deal would give it a dedicated manufacturing arm coupled with product development expertise in the "rapidly expanding" bariatric market. Bariatric surgery is used as a "last resort" to treat people who are dangerously obese.

Chris Symonds, owner and managing director of Aegis Healthcare, said: "Using the strengths and experience from both companies, we will utilise the latest technology to improve clinical outcomes for patients, such as a new range of specialised mattresses with an integrated falls indicator for the bariatric bed frames.

"This new integrated mattress is a first for the UK market and offers healthcare professionals peace of mind that the falls indicator is always present and in the correct position for the patient. We will manufacture the bed frames here in West Yorkshire, which will improve our relationship with our manufacturing and transport partners."

Gary McMahon, managing director of Pavillion Medical and now operations director of Aegis Healthcare, added: "The acquisition by Aegis massively expands our growth potential.

"Aegis Healthcare is a recognised leader as a supplier of medical devices, products and services that improve patient care and safety, improve clinical outcomes, whilst reducing cost to the health service."

Aegis Healthcare said it plans to create new manufacturing jobs within the next six months and open a technology hub in Huddersfield.

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