However, in the care sector, it can genuinely be a matter of necessity and a residents well-being is at serious risk if not addressed, for example if an air mattress breaks down at night or during the weekend. In these instances, who will you call?
This morning, I was trying to place enquiries with two large medical retailers in the UK.
The first supplier had a hold message that assured me that the call was important and it would be answered soon – after 12 mins I hung up and tried again later – same result. The second supplier answered promptly but said that although the goods were in stock, they couldn’t be despatched for 5 days, even if I paid extra, or even if we arranged collection.
Caremed customers know they can phone us day or night on our usual office number, and specific accounts have been given their own dedicated number, we’ll respond, simple as that!
Some examples that have occurred recently…
Saturday 15th June, staff at a South London Hospital have sliced a power cable in half on a bed, call taken at 4:45pm – technician despatched at 5:30 pm, all fixed by 8:00pm
Monday 10th June, we had a call from a client in Aylesbury at 9:30pm – they’d had a power cut and requested assistance / advice on air mattresses. We provided advice and telephone support, and were on standby until later that night until the power failure was resolved.
Last evening (17th June) we received a request at 5pm for urgent falls sensors to go to a West Midlands client, by 6:48pm the sensors were delivered.
We could go on and on, there are numerous examples going back years – to date we have never refused an out of hours call out, ever.
If you’re struggling to find a reliable care equipment provider, remember that at Caremed, our infrastructure has been built to reflect yours, we sit down regularly and challenge ourselves “how can we make our service any better?” and we invest in our out of hours cover, to become your 4th emergency service. We are here to relieve the burden on your employees, no more late night drives to neighbouring homes to borrow a spare piece of equipment, no more listening to an answerphone message or waiting to hear back…
Long Term Care Groups – we’re here for you!