Guildford, U.K., 28 January 2010 - BOC Healthcare has won a contract to provide compressed medical gases to the ambulance service across Scotland. BOC, a member of The Linde Group, is the largest supplier of industrial, medical and special gases in the UK and Ireland.
The contract involves the medical gases used by ambulances, Rapid Response Units and first responders, as well as helicopters operating from Inverness and Glasgow. This includes medical oxygen and BOC’s ENTONOX® which is used in pain relief.
Ambulance services will also benefit from some of BOC’s latest medical gas delivery systems, including the new ultra-lightweight one litre oxygen cylinder with integrated valve and regulator. The company’s extensive distribution network will ensure a rapid response for over 160 ambulance stations all over the country, including remote areas.
The supply contract was awarded by NHS Scotland National Procurement after an extensive tendering process.
Andrew Harvey, BOC’s Head of Healthcare, commented: “We are delighted that the NHS in Scotland has awarded us this contract. It shows we can deliver technological innovation at competitive prices. We have many years experience in the healthcare field and our understanding of the market enabled us to offer the right solutions for the country’s ambulance services.”
BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial, medical and special gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For more information visit: http://www.BOConline.co.uk
The Linde Group
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with almost 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide. In the 2008 financial year it achieved sales of EUR 12.7 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at http://www.linde.com
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