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Who We Are

Harnessing the latest advances in materials and technology

We’re a world-leading UK-based manufacturer, designer and supplier of high-quality hospital equipment and furniture, taking pride in harnessing the latest advances in materials and technology to design and develop our products whilst also being certified against the requirements of ISO 13485:2016

Helping medical teams improve patient experience

We work closely with clinicians to continuously develop and improve our patient trolleys, tourniquets and other equipment to help medical teams provide the best patient experience. That means our products, are all designed to a high standard, with exceptional focus on the user.

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Our Story

We've come a long way........

Our products have become an integral part of Theatres, Day Treatment Centres, 
Accident and Emergency departments and much more.

1973

....and so it begins.....

From humble beginnings

Ivor Schofield founded the company at the age of 48. Initially it made & sold a basic range of operating theatre furniture & trollies. Ivor realised the need to have his own unique product. When Professor Beard of King’s College Hospital approached the Company in 1990 with a requirement for a Day Surgery Trolley (variable height & tilt), Ivor, a qualified Mechanical & Aeronautical engineer provided the design, with a single, central pump. This product has been a key driver in reducing NHS waiting lists. Ivor also set up the Sales operation, as a joint venture with Tom Brady of Leeds, & recruited & trained several key members of staff including his son Guy (the current Managing Director & Owner & Lee Smith (the general manager). He continued to work in the business into his eighties, dying in 2015 at the age of 90    

1977

Time to expand

Introducing the North

Building on the early success of the infant company, Patrick (Tom) Brady opens the doors of the sales & customer service centre under the Anetic Aid Ltd. name on Queensway, Guiseley, West Yorkshire, adding operating table accessories, tourniquets and surgical instruments to the range in the process.

1979

Our first collaborative design

The QA Patient Trolley

Designed in collaboration with Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, the company launched it's fixed height "QA" Patient Trolley.


1983

A young pretender

Andrew Curtin joins the company

Current sales director, Andrew Curtin, joins the company as surgical and healthcare equipment apprentice.

1984

Sales are on the move

Goodbye Queensway

In need of larger premises, the sales & customer service office moves, leaving Queensway for Wells Road, Guiseley

1984

Time to develop

QA2 Patient and Transfer Trolley

A step forward in the original QA trolley design leads to the launch of the fixed height QA2 Patient Trolley and QA2 Transfer Trolley and their popularity grow.

1985

Head office is on the move

Mitchell Way

Having outgrown it's original premises, the Hampshire head office moves to the 5,000 ft² Mitchell Way premises on Portsea Island.

1986

What once was fixed......

The QA2 becomes variable height

A shift in working practices within the healthcare industry brought about a change in the QA2 Patient Trolley design, with a variable height model being added to the range

1987

A young pretender (Part 2)

Guy Schofield joins the company

Current managing director and owner, Guy Schofield, joins the company in a procurement and trainee management role

1990

The evolution of Day Surgery

Collaboration time beckons again

Developed in conjunction with King's College Hospital (London) Day Surgery Unit, the company launches it's soon to be popular QA2 King's College Hospital Day Surgery Trolley.....quite a mouthful...becoming more commonly known as the QA2 KCH Trolley.

1992

3 was the magic number

We welcome the APT MK3 Pneumatic Tourniquet

Our tourniquet control units were always popular, but the APT MK3 set a new benchmark for us - the newly designed unit was a hit from day one and lasted 20 years in production.

1993

Itchy feet

Head office is on the move again

Quickly having outgrown the Mitchell Way site, the Hampshire head office moves again, this time to the 10,000 ft² Downley Road, Havant site.

1995

Sell, sell, sell

The sales team grows

With the new successes the expansion of the company and it's new products brought, the time had come to expand the field sales team, seeing Richard Lill (North east), Mike Pritchett (North West) and Neil Child (South East) joining the company.

1997

A leap in development

The QA3 Patient Trolley

Having taken onboard the feedback from our expanding client based, our patient trolley design took a leap forward, bringing the modern looking QA3 Patient Trolley into existance and what a success story it has become.

1999

The pressure is on

The K8 Technology pressure care mattress is introduced

Once again, by listening to our clients and watching for changes in working practices we recognised the important part our products play in providing protection against pressure area sores. Our K8 mattresses has proved popular with our clients ever since.

2000

Do they ever sit still?

It's the North's turn to move again

The time had come for the sales & customer service site. With an increasing product range to hold in stock and an expanding workforce, Anetic Aid in the North said a fond farewell to it's Wells Road, Guiseley premises moving to the 15,000 ft² Queensway site.

2001

It's all in the touch

Tourniquet technology leaps forward

Building on the popularity of the APT MK3 the company took a lead in pushing tourniquet control unit design forward and introduced the touch screen AET Electronic Tourniquet

2001

Time for an upgrade

The QA3 becomes the QA3 v2.0 Patient Trolley

What can we say, we're never really satisfied, so we further enhanced the design of the QA3 and in took on the moniker of v2.0 - from there it's popularity grew and grew.

2002

Really? Again?

Yes, the Hampshire head office moves.......again

The growing popularity of the company's products meant that head office had to leave the Downley Road site behind and look forward to their 20,000 ft² premises on New Lane, Havant

2004

Time to move on

Goodbye QA2 KCH, Hello QA4

Again, having listened to it's client base, the company recognised that for Day Surgery the risks associated with manual handling had to be reduced and that a more sophisticated surgery trolley was required - the company welcomed the QA4 Powered Day Surgery Trolley and waved goodbye to the QA2 Kings College Hospital Day Surgery Trolley

2005

A growth in service

Our service team continued to grow

With the volume of product being placed on the market in the UK, the service team - both administration and engineering - had to grow. What once was two serivce engineers had become five and the admin team supporting them grew to match.

2008

Global ambitions

Mike Pritchett takes on the world

We're always ambitious and our products had always been popular abroad, leading to Mike Pritchett being appointed the company's first Export Sales Manager in 2008.

2012

Time to take it on a stage

The QA3 v3.0 Patient & Emergency Department Trolley

We recognised the QA3 in it's original form would be difficult to improve upon, but, we did it anway! The QA3 took on a more muscular look and saw improvements in many areas - the changes proved popular with clients old and new.

2013

This is the droid you are looking for

After 20 years of production, the APT MK3 is replaced

Recognising the design and functionality of the APT MK3 Tourniquet had been exhausted, combined with a desire to take the AET Electronic Tourniquet on a stage, we embarked on a development project that led to the launch of our now incredibly popular AT4 Electronic Tourniquet.

2015

The North are at it again

Another change of scenery

With the continuous steady growth the company was experiencing, the sales, customer service & servicing site were in need of new premises. In 2015 that happened, moving into purpose built premises on Sapper Jordan Rossi Business Park, Baildon, West Yorkshire.

2017

Time to plan for the future

Goodbye Portsmouth Surgical Equipment Ltd.

To ensure for future growth and sustainability, the time had come for old ways of working to move aside and embrace a new future. Portsmouth Surgical Equipment Ltd. and Anetic Aid Ltd. amalgamated in 2017, with the former ceasing to trade in name.

2018

New year, new QA3

The QA3 upgrades to v4.0

As part of the development process for the QA3 DRIVE that followed, the steering on a QA3 was enhanced to offer even greater manouevrability and twin back lift gas struts were added to replace the previously solitary one. Soon to follow were enhancements to the patient platfrom too.

2019

DRIVE the market

A real change in the approach to patient transport and handling

After a complex design & development project the company launched it's innovative and intuitive to use QA3 DRIVE assist mechanism and introduced powered functions, offering wide ranging reductions in manual handling issues experienced by our clients.

2019

Branching out

Anetic Aid USA opens in Texas

As part of our strategy for growth we've taken on another ambitious challenge - our first overseas branch. Initially focusing on the QA4 Mobile Surgery Platfrom for Ambulatory Surgery, Steve Smargiasso and his team at Anetic Aid USA are working to spread the Anetic message in America.

2020

Lateral thinking

The QA4 undergoes redevelopment

After 16 years, it was time. The QA4 absorbed the latest QA3 v4.0 steer mechansim to enhance further manouevrability, new and improved patient platform boards and most importantly - powered lateral tilt. Once again, the improvements made have provide incredibly popular.

2020

An eye on development

The dual-articulating headrest

To ensure the QA4 offers as wide a ranging surgical versatility, the accessories to go with it have to meet the brief. The company undertook a development project to review it's ophthalmic surgery headrest with the launch of the dual-articulating headrest being the result.

2020

A refresh

Our logo undergoes a change

Our logo had been is use in it's current form since 2000 and felt it was time for a refresh, bringing in a lighter, modern and more medical feel to it.

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