Funding package helps business battle the virus

A Leeds-based medical device company has secured a six-figure funding package from HSBC UK to enable it to provide millions of infection control items to the NHS key workers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Optimum Medical designs and manufactures the UK’s largest range of healthcare lubricant gels, in addition to a range of urology products and infection control products including OptiPro antibacterial wipes.

Its products, such as OptiLube and Vue Ultrasound Gel, are supplied to over 300 Health Trusts nationwide and used in every NHS hospital in the UK.

Optimum also exports its products to more than 60 countries across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

In reaction to the pandemic, and with HSBC UK support, the company has increased investment in its antibacterial wipe and infection control range by manufacturing millions of anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitisers and face masks for NHS hospitals and care homes across the UK.

The company, which currently employs 48 members of staff, has received a vast number of orders for its infection control range in the past few months.

Alex Higgins, director of Optimum Medical Solutions, said: “HSBC UK worked quickly to ensure funding was put in place so we could successfully provide millions of essential items to NHS hospitals and care homes across the UK.

“We are incredibly proud of the work that we have done to support our frontline workers and we will continue to support them in their fight against COVID-19.

“Our business objective is, and has always been, to make a difference to people’s lives. We’re pleased that with the support of HSBC UK we have been able to do this by helping to minimise the spread of the virus, protecting both patients and healthcare professionals alike and saving lives.”

Andy Yeomans, commercial manager West & North Yorkshire, HSBC UK added: “The dedication of the NHS staff throughout this difficult period has been phenomenal, so when the opportunity came to support a company directly supplying the NHS, we were happy to help.

“Optimum Medical, supplies hospitals across the country and the funding will allow them to increase their investment in these key products.”