Welland Medical news

Welland Stepped Up for Stomas!

Throughout September, the team at Welland took part in Colostomy UK’s ‘Step Up for Stoma’s’ challenge to help raise awareness of stomas and those living with one.

In the UK there are 160,000 people currently living with a stoma and Colostomy UK, a charity that supports and empowers those living with stomas, challenged individuals to take a step for every one of them.

Here at Welland the team were more than up for the challenge, putting their best foot forward and started counting their steps.

The Step Up for Stomas team consisted of seven people from the business all from different departments, including Marketing, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Sales and Finance.

Encouraging and motivating each other, the team went on lunch time walks and even had some competitive step counting, helping each individual reach their target.

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The New Era of Events

Over the last year like many companies, we adapted to the changing environment around us. With face-to-face meetings becoming a distant memory and video calls the new ‘normal’, we had to adapt.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to hold our annual Global Partner Meeting last year but thought innovatively this year. We worked alongside an external production agency, The Outlook Creative Group who specialise in live production events to plan for our first ever virtual meeting.

Looking back on our first virtual event, we were able to reach over 200 attendees throughout 30 countries and it enabled us to continue sharing best practice in supporting both Health Care Professionals and people who live with stomas across the world.

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Catch Up with Welland Cover Star – Kav Ellison

In advance of Team Colostomy UK’s 2021 kick-off match, we caught up with one of their team players (and our cover star!), Kav.

Team Colostomy UK are playing their first matches of the season on August 14th at the Weavering Warriors RFC. If you would like to show your support and cheer the team on, game details can be found here.

“Every time we get together for Team Colostomy UK it’s something special.” Kav

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Introducing our new Costa Rican Distributor

Panamedical de Costa Rica is the latest addition to our growing number of distributors. They are a family run business with more than 20 years experience distributing and selling disposable medical devices. They offer ongoing training on the correct ways to use the products they represent, and they support medical centres across the country.

In this blog, we spoke to Clinical Advisor Karen Vergara Marín.

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Meet the Head of Engineering (Welland Medical)

Sarah Duckworth joined Welland as Head of Engineering in the second half of 2020 and she has become an essential part of the team. In this blog Sarah discusses her day-to-day role and how she got to this place in her career.


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Aurum® Plus has arrived

Welland is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new ostomy pouch range Aurum® Plus. The pouch range is available in closed, drainable and urostomy in various sizes.

Aurum® Plus began as an idea, a way to give ostomates greater choice, comfort and confidence.

Since then, it has gone through extensive research and development, positive product evaluations and now thanks to our network of distributors Aurum® Plus can make a big impact to ostomates across the globe.

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Welland is now available in Canada

Premier Ostomy Centre is one of our newest distributors, they are making our stoma care products and accessories directly available to people living in Canada with a stoma. Premier Ostomy Centre has been in business for over 20 years and they are committed to doing anything that will make their customers lives easier.

We spoke to Joel Goldenberg, Vice President of Premier Ostomy Centre, about running the business during the pandemic and Welland coming to the Canadian market.

 ” I always look for products that can have an impact on patients and I believe Welland’s products with Manuka honey can absolutely make an impact.”

Joel Goldenberg

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Celebrating 20 years of Bhavini Patel

Just over 20 years ago, Bhavini Patel walked onto the Welland factory floor for the second time. Her son was 2 months old. Her new role was as a machine operator, but unlike the last time, when she’d been in a temporary role, this time it was permanent. She didn’t realise at the time just how permanent.

Today Bhavini is a lead machine setter for half of our automated stoma product manufacturing lines. She’s responsible for training and managing the operating staff and making sure production targets are met. It’s been quite a journey, and as she says, “I never thought I’d be where I am now.”

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Designing Medical Devices

Of all the things in the world you could design, why choose medical devices? We spoke to one of our junior product design engineers, Nadeem Hussain to find out

Nadeem joined our Research & Development team in 2019. Since then, he has learnt a lot about the medical device industry and how it can push you to develop your design and problem-solving skills. He has shared his experience for anyone wanting to understand where a career in industrial design/product design may lead them.

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Advocating for Ostomates in Romania

OrtoProfil has been supplying ostomy care products in Romania since 1996 and have worked with Welland Medical since 2003. Besides supplying products to ostomates across Romania, the company advocates for ostomates to receive more support and better care, as well as for improvements to the Romanian health insurance system.

We spoke to Dr Atilla Pálosi who is responsible for OrtoProfil’s nationwide sales, about how the company’s been getting on this year and what they are doing to support ostomates in the country.

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