Stairlift Scotland featured in the Daily Mail

Managing director Lisa Melinda Barry has suffered years of back pain after having two car accidents. The 52-year old used to take anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers. But Miss Barry, who manages a stairlift company, sought help seven years ago when the pain became worse. She said: 'Having physio really helped. My job is very sedentary. I hadn't noticed but I very rarely actually moved.' Miss Barry was given an exercise routine, including sit-ups for her core muscles, yoga and stretches, which she does for an hour a week.

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New BHTA Chair Announced

lisa BarryLisa Melinda Barry was announced as the first ever Chair for British Health Trades Association Scotland on the 14th of March 2014.

BHTA Scotland’s augural event took place at Scottish Parliament, Holyrood on the 28th of May 2014.

BHTA Scotland represents a wide range of businesses across the many non-pharmaceutical and assistive technology sectors. The products our members make and supply are as varied as prosthetics, wheelchairs, stairlifts, seating and positioning products, electronic communication devices, rehabilitation products, stoma and continence products and first aid equipment. BHTA Members contribute £250 M to GDP in Scotland with growth forecast in that figure.

Ultimately BHTA members are part of the solution to delivery ever more complex services to a growing aging population. We are an additional resource to your Professional Health Care Workers, whether that be NHS and/or Local Authority, delivering services their/our Service Users.

At the heart of our association is the Code of Practice, which sets out the standards that all members must meet to demonstrate best practice in their business dealings. Our members are committed to working in partnership with the NHS and local authorities to give the best quality of care and service possible.

We are working in communities across the country – delivering quality services as well as contributing to the local and national economies through jobs, apprenticeships and training.

New Product Lines

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SSL is delighted to announce new product lines from “ The World's No.1 Evac + Chair” Stairclimbers and Evac chairs.

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Bio Bidet the first WRAS approved electronic bidet toilet seat. After years of being asked to supply and install Bio Bidets, we are pleased that this first WRAS approved electronic bidet toilet seat - a toilet seat, bidet and dryer all in one – we can supply and install with even matching shower chair, no less!

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Just in time for the HOLIDAYS a portable shower chair you can take on a an airplane!

New EquipU Contract

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Stairlifts Scotland Ltd. wins new contract with Cordia's EquipU.

We’re pleased to announce that a new EquipU contract has commenced with Stairlifts Scotland Ltd. This will be an extension of Cordia’s already very successful stairlift contract which operates out of their base in Baillieston.

Cordia will now work in partnership with Stairlifts Scotland Ltd as an approved contractor to deliver this service to the highest industry standards across Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

The new service will provide a one stop shop for all work involved, and will utilise EquipU’s dedicated administration, I.T and technical teams to carry out post inspections, monitor repair callouts and review recommendation requests to avoid unnecessary replacement of lifts.

One of the key benefits of the Cordia model for local councils is the savings made through volume purchasing, and we always aim to maximise the efficiency of reconditioned stock to increase cost savings without cutting quality.

Well done to all involved in this contract win!

SSL Access helps the National Library of Scotland provide for readers with disabilities

SSL Access helps the National Library of Scotland provide for readers with disabilities

The National Library of Scotland may have a heritage dating back over 300 years, but its modern outlook places it in the vanguard of organisations providing services effectively to users with disabilities.

SSL AccessThis has most recently been demonstrated by the instalment of a vertical platform lift at the entrance of the library to help visitors with disabilities better negotiate the stairs. The work was carried out by SSL Access, one of the country's leading specialists in sourcing, fitting and maintaining access equipment.

The project has been so successful that a second lift is on order and is due to be installed in the coming weeks.

With over 14 million items in 490 different languages, the National Library of Scotland is the country's undisputed knowledge centre. It adds a further 320 000 items to its collection each year and ensuring access is open to all is a driving priority for the organisation, which will be opening a brand new, user-friendly Visitor Centre later this year.

Formally constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1925, the institution had effectively been a national library since well before this date due to the legal right granted under the 1710 Copyright Act to claim a copy of every book published in Britain.

When considering modifications, the ornate entrance to the National Library of Scotland's George IV Bridge building in Edinburgh required a sympathetic approach.

Marble floors and walls demanded a sense of craftsmanship when it came to fitting the lift, while choosing one that was both functional and appropriate for its surrounds was an important aspect of the process.

To ensure the National Library of Scotland had every assistance in making the correct decision, SSL Access organised a visit to Terry Lifts in Knutsford, the firm that supplied the Melody 2 lift.

A further visit was arranged to a site in London to see one of these lifts in situ, allowing representatives from the National Library of Scotland to get a real feel for how things would turn out back in Edinburgh.

Angus Pattison, Private Building Consultant at the National Library of Scotland explained: “Allowing the public proper access to our services is essential and the new lift helps us to do that. It was also important to get the right piece of equipment so that it would work effectively for visitors and not look out of place in the entrance to the building.”

He added: “We are delighted with the way things have turned out and would have struggled to achieve such a good result had it not been for all of the help we have received from SSL Access.”

SSL AccessMarc Barry, Director at SSL Access said the project had been meticulously planned. “Dealing with historical buildings there is always a certain amount of thought that has to go into getting the look and feel of the installation right, as well as making sure it is fit for purpose. Things have really turned out well and we are delighted to have played our part in making one of Scotland's most important buildings accessible for everybody.”

Under longstanding legislation people with disabilities have the legal right to be able to access the same level of services as anyone else in the community, although many public and private organisations still fall short of their obligations.

Mr Barry added: “The new lifts are only part of the overall programme that the National Library of Scotland has put in place to improve access for users with disabilities. Unfortunately not everybody takes their responsibilities so seriously and in many aspects of their life people with disabilities still struggle to get the support and help they are legally entitled to.”

For further information, please contact SSL Access on 0141 551 0807 or visit the website below.