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GBUK Banana wins a prestigious Queen’s Award for pioneering Versal system improving patient moving and handling

GBUK Banana, a division of GBUK Group, a North Yorkshire company specialising in the technology of patient moving and handling, and MEdilink member, has been recognised for its Versal system and awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is the UK’s most prestigious business recognition.

Moving a patient is a daily requirement in healthcare. Most, if not all the effort required to move the patient comes from the carers, with patients having little or limited ability to assist them. GBUK Banana’s Versal system helps reduce user’s risk of error and protect both the patient and staff from injury.

The technology improves patient safety by ensuring that all bony prominences of the patient are protected by two layers of slide sheet. This increases patient comfort, reduces nursing time and supports efficiency of care. Versal can help reduce the hidden costs of pressure ulcers or a musculoskeletal injury. Another advantage of the system is that just one design of slide sheet can be used in every clinical situation. This minimises inventory, simplifies training requirements and helps to ensure universal compliance.

Mark Thompson, CEO of GBUK Group, said: “This award is the culmination of many years of hard work by the GBUK team.

“The Queen’s Award is an internationally recognised accolade, and it an honour for us to be selected by Her Majesty The Queen in the Innovation Category.  The award also gives me a chance to thank the whole of our exceptional team – who have been pivotal in improving patient care by bringing our leading technology to market.”


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