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Interesting articles written by the team at Interweave. Including healthcare industry news, commentary on current trends, speculation, forecasting and informative how-to articles to help you make the most of your healthcare products.

Understanding NHS Waiting Times 27th September 2021

Understanding NHS Waiting Times

Understanding the NHS wait times can be confusing especially when the wait is longer than you'd expected, so we have outlined the various different contributing factors.

Press release: Welcoming Orvecare into the group 16th September 2021

Press release: Welcoming Orvecare into the group

Interweave Textiles Ltd is pleased to announce the purchase of Orvecare, a Hull-based healthcare and emergency services supply manufacturer.

Preventing falls at home: A checklist 13th September 2021

Preventing falls at home: A checklist

A checklist for preventing falls at home. Including tips for preventing falls and what to do if you do fall. Read our fall prevention advice.

How to put on anti embolism stockings 2nd September 2021

How to put on anti embolism stockings

A handy visual guide to putting on anti embolism stockings, commonly used to prevent blood clots, and used to patients who are immobile for long periods of time.

A guide to compression socks [infographic] 25th August 2021

A guide to compression socks [infographic]

Buying compression socks for the first time? Helpful guide includes what they do, what size & rating to choose.

The meaning of green: Why do doctors wear green scrubs? 20th August 2021

The meaning of green: Why do doctors wear green scrubs?

A look into why healthcare professionals wear dark green scrubs. Introducing our new Hunter Green scrubs range.

Provision of healthcare for children in hospital 18th August 2021

Provision of healthcare for children in hospital

UK child health & wellbeing in 2021 is lower than average. This article looks into how children in hospital are treated in the UK

Why should you wear turquoise scrubs? 17th August 2021

Why should you wear turquoise scrubs?

Take a look at why turquoise scrubs are a popular choice among healthcare professionals, and why you should choose turquoise for your next scrub set!

Working In A Care Home 22nd July 2021

Working In A Care Home

We take a look at a day in the life of a carer working in a care home, as well as the benefits and challenges of this role.

What do compression socks do? 12th July 2021

What do compression socks do?

Understanding compression socks. Read our quick and easy article explaining the features of compression socks, who needs them and how to wear them. Furthermore, where you can purchase them.

Is healthcare on demand a game changer? 1st July 2021

Is healthcare on demand a game changer?

Patients expect quick access to healthcare these days. Is healthcare on demand going to be the game changer everyone hopes it will be?

Benefits of Music in Care Homes 2nd June 2021

Benefits of Music in Care Homes

Based upon a study into the benefits of music for the elderly and memory, we look at the benefits of having music in care homes. We consider the potential benefits and how you can incorporate music into your care home.

Hospital bed sheets 13th May 2021

Hospital bed sheets

Where to buy hospital sheets is a commonly asked question, we have collated our bed sheet options which are used in hospitals to help you find the right bed sheet for you.

Countries with free healthcare: How does it work? 6th May 2021

Countries with free healthcare: How does it work?

How does free healthcare really work and where does it exist? We investigate and also look in more depth at universal healthcare countries.

Caring Through COVID 1st April 2021

Caring Through COVID

A look into the impacts and challenges of caring through COVID. Discussing the difficulties of front line workers in the pandemic.

Interweave maintains Level 3 LSAS 23rd March 2021

Interweave maintains Level 3 LSAS

Interweave Textiles has maintained Level 3 Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) for the 3rd year running. Find out what this means and why it's important.

Pillow Menu 19th March 2021

Pillow Menu

Providing patients with a comfortable bed to sleep in can ease anxieties. Check our helpful pillow menu guide for hospitals & care homes to choose appropriate pillows for patients.

A Carer’s Guide To Medical Abbreviations 12th March 2021

A Carer’s Guide To Medical Abbreviations

Helpful guide for carers & patients to understand common medical abbreviations. Read our collated lists to learn what the jargon means.

Decrease in work related injury in 2020 10th November 2020

Decrease in work related injury in 2020

UK work related injuries were down 6% in 2020. Has the Covid-19 pandemic caused this change? We investigate.

Covid shielding caused increase in elderly people falling 12th October 2020

Covid shielding caused increase in elderly people falling

NHS hospitals are saying that there’s been an increase in “falls patients” in recent weeks. The majority of these patients are elderly falling at home, whilst shielding from Covid-19.

Focus on the Dignity Gown 16th September 2020

Focus on the Dignity Gown

We designed the Dignity Gown to help healthcare providers offer dignity in patient care. Find out how this gown was developed with help from nursing staff.

Donation to Overgate Hospice 15th September 2020

Donation to Overgate Hospice

Slide sheets & extension handles donated to Overgate Hospice in Elland. We're happy to help support their manual handling team.

Wearing face coverings in public 11th May 2020

Wearing face coverings in public

We investigate the latest UK Government Covid-19 guidelines to the public to wear face coverings in some situations. Who does this apply to? Where does this apply? Find out.

To help you care in a crisis 21st April 2020

To help you care in a crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK, we rapidly adapted our working processes to continue delivering much-needed goods to the NHS. Find out more about the challenges we faced.

Dedicated to Quality and Care 20th April 2020

Dedicated to Quality and Care

At the end of January 2020, the ISO auditors came to our HQ office for their annual visit and we are pleased to report that we passed ISO 9001 certification with flying colours, again!

How many hospital beds are there in the UK 19th April 2020

How many hospital beds are there in the UK

This article explores data relating to hospital bed numbers. In particular, how many hospital beds are there in the UK, how many beds per capita and the average number of beds per hospital.

Caring for someone with coronavirus 31st March 2020

Caring for someone with coronavirus

Find out how to care for someone with coronavirus infection, including checking the symptoms, laundering bedding & disinfecting to protect others from the virus.

All About Weighted Blankets [Updated 2020] 18th February 2020

All About Weighted Blankets [Updated 2020]

A weighted blanket is a blanket with evenly spread weights built in, to be used when lying down to help improve sleep. Scientific studies have found that the evenly applied pressure provided by a weighted blanket relaxes the body enough - increasing serotonin to help the person fall asleep.

Pallet wrapping innovations reduce plastic use 13th February 2020

Pallet wrapping innovations reduce plastic use

Pallet wrapping is important, it ensures that customers receive goods in perfect condition. But we were using too much plastic.

Well-designed hospital gowns – a game changer? 6th February 2020

Well-designed hospital gowns – a game changer?

Inspired by concerns raised by an NHS Consultant, we explore what patients and medical staff think of hospital gowns. Is the old draughty gown past it’s sell by date?

Interweave flexibility assists with coronavirus emergency 31st January 2020

Interweave flexibility assists with coronavirus emergency

This morning, we despatched 300+ sets of critical healthcare textile supplies and set off to deliver to a hospital in time for the Wuhan coronavirus evacuees arriving. Read more.

In hospital for Christmas 17th December 2019

In hospital for Christmas

Find out what happens in UK hospitals over Christmas. Many healthcare staff are busy at work on Christmas Day, providing 24/7 care for patients.

Raising money for Save the Children 16th December 2019

Raising money for Save the Children

There were lots of clashing colours, too many snowmen, herds of reindeer and best of all we raised money for Save the Children UK. Read more about our Christmas Jumper Day fun.

Interweave hosts “A Day At The Museum” 22nd November 2019

Interweave hosts “A Day At The Museum”

The Society Of Hospital Linen Service & Laundry Managers meeting was hosted by Interweave Textiles, including an interesting visit to the Calderdale Industrial Museum.

Carers need care too 19th November 2019

Carers need care too

Unpaid carers have an extremely difficult job. Many without much or any care for the carers. How do they cope? We investigate what support a carer would ideally have.

Staff interviews: 20 years on 21st October 2019

Staff interviews: 20 years on

As part of our 20th Birthday celebrations, we were curious to see what the long-serving staff thought had changed within the company over the last 20 years.

What was going on in the UK in October 1999? 9th October 2019

What was going on in the UK in October 1999?

Another article in our series of 20 years of Interweave. This article reminisces about the events of October 1999 – it wasn’t all Y2K related!

Looking back at healthcare in 1999 4th October 2019

Looking back at healthcare in 1999

We look back at UK healthcare in the 90s to review healthcare costs compared to life expectancy and more. Which events made the healthcare headlines in 1999?

20 Year Anniversary – 20 Things We’ve Learnt 1st October 2019

20 Year Anniversary – 20 Things We’ve Learnt

Interweave is 20 years old. But with a parent textile company dating back to 1863, we have the benefit of many more years experience. We share 20 lessons we’ve learnt in the last 20 years.

What do UK care workers wear? 20th September 2019

What do UK care workers wear?

UK care workers, in both care home environments and in-home care roles, tend to wear a uniform. But what kind of uniform do care workers wear, you ask? We explain.

How many hospitals in the UK 11th September 2019

How many hospitals in the UK

Many people wonder how many hospitals there are in the UK. Some websites state the answer is 168, but this is far from the real picture.

Meet the team at the National Back Exchange Exhibition 22nd August 2019

Meet the team at the National Back Exchange Exhibition

Are you going to the National Back Exchange Conference & Exhibition this year? Be sure to visit the Interweave stand to look at the slide sheets, transfer sheets and other patient handling equipment.

Don’t slip up! Buy the right non-slip socks 18th July 2019

Don’t slip up! Buy the right non-slip socks

Investigation into the top 3 best selling non slip hospital socks uk suppliers. This article compares the styles, the fits and the stickiness of each non slip sock.

Infection control in care homes 28th June 2019

Infection control in care homes

Infection control in care homes is a serious concern for the elderly, especially for care home residents with dementia. How do you ensure that you don’t suffer an infection outbreak at your care home? We’ve prepared a brief guide and helpful links.

Supporting the industry 21st June 2019

Supporting the industry

Our Customer Services Manager, Tim Meadows, has been appointed the National Secretary of the Society of Hospital Linen Service Managers and Laundry Managers. Read about what the society does and how it benefits the healthcare textile industry,

11 Care Home Activities Ideas 13th June 2019

11 Care Home Activities Ideas

Stuck for ideas? Check our list of 11 care home activities ideas to find something new to do. Most care home residents appreciate activities that keep them active, sociable and entertained. This list contains a wide range of interesting activities from virtual reality immersion to musical playlist creation.

Keeping Healthy This Men’s Health Week 10th June 2019

Keeping Healthy This Men’s Health Week

Shockingly, one in every five men dies before he is old enough to retire! Factors ranging from poor diet, lack of exercise and a reluctance to ask for help all contribute to this issue. We ask the Interweave men what they do to keep healthy.

Interesting notes on AI in healthcare 24th May 2019

Interesting notes on AI in healthcare

We summarised the current thinking on AI in healthcare, collated from leading sources. Read this to find out what the buzz is all about.

Checklist: Patient care after hospital discharge 8th May 2019

Checklist: Patient care after hospital discharge

Being discharged from hospital is a positive event but it can also be a stressful time for you, as well as your friends and family. We’ve collated a list of 8 things to help you plan how you’ll cope when you leave hospital care.

Is Polypropylene Recyclable? 16th April 2019

Is Polypropylene Recyclable?

In short, generally yes, polypropylene is widely recyclable. However, many healthcare providers don't recycle it. We investigate into a recycling solution to see how this service works. We have outlined in this article why this is vital for hospitals and other healthcare providers.

Interweave achieves Level 3 LSAS 5th March 2019

Interweave achieves Level 3 LSAS

Interweave Textiles has just attained Level 3 Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) compliance, an important step for our company. Find out what this means and why it's important.

9 Tips to Help You Make the Right Procurement Decisions 15th February 2019

9 Tips to Help You Make the Right Procurement Decisions

Evaluating products and finding the right supplier to support your needs can be tricky. Here we list some tips to guide you through the process.

Do Slipper Socks Help Prevent Falls? 19th December 2018

Do Slipper Socks Help Prevent Falls?

The implementation of adequate footwear for patients and residents is one of the steps being taken in order to prevent falls. A budget friendly solution that is being explored is the use of non-slip slipper socks. The question is, what impact do slipper socks have on the fall prevention rate?

The Team Gets Festive with Christmas Jumpers! 14th December 2018

The Team Gets Festive with Christmas Jumpers!

The Interweave Team get festive for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day! Looking silly in Christmas Jumpers and raising money for a great cause!

Hospital Christmas Decorations 3rd December 2018

Hospital Christmas Decorations

We love these medical-themed Christmas decorations! Across the country, hospitals save money by using everyday medical equipment to cheer up patients stuck in hospital over Christmas. Which is your favourite?

Redesigning Logistics – Look Behind The Scenes 21st November 2018

Redesigning Logistics – Look Behind The Scenes

Here at Interweave, we've been rethinking logistics to help us deliver on our values. Take a look at the changes we've made in our warehouse.

The Hidden Dangers of Cubicle Curtains 7th November 2018

The Hidden Dangers of Cubicle Curtains

Cubicle curtains in hospitals are necessary for patient privacy, but a recent news article highlighted the risk of bacteria being spread by people touching the curtains. We examine the real risk of hospital acquired infections and how cubicle curtains play a part in that. Find out more.

Staying Happy and Healthy at Work – Top Tips 10th October 2018

Staying Happy and Healthy at Work – Top Tips

We spend 35% of our total waking hours at work. So it's important to do everything possible to stay happy and healthy at work. Here at Interweave, we’ve been thinking about keeping happy and healthy at work, and it won’t take more than a few small changes.

What will care homes be like in 100 years? 21st September 2018

What will care homes be like in 100 years?

What changes might take place between 2018 and 2118 to make the move go from something often viewed as a last resort, to something welcomed without worry?

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