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Friday 31 October 2014

Millstreet firm expands medical aids business

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 15/08/2013 | 05:26

Tadhg O'Flynn of O'Flynn Medical in Millstreet.

A MILLSTREET family which supplies medical equipment and mobility aids have begun construction on a new 10,000 sq ft premises as part of a €1.5 million expansion plan.

A MILLSTREET family which supplies medical equipment and mobility aids have begun construction on a new 10,000 sq ft premises as part of a €1.5 million expansion plan.

Tadhg O'Flynn of O'Flynn-Medical told The Corkman that it is his aim to have the added offices, service bays and a decontamination unit completed by January 2014.

He said the new decontamination facility is expected to be one of the largest in the country. This will mean that specialist equipment including beds, air mattresses, hoists and specialists seating is cleaned, tested and certified prior to, and following rental.

"The expansion is due to a number of factors including an increase in the number of hospitals and private healthcare providers which we supply, as well as our successful tenders for provision of pressure care mattresses to the HSE and our expansion into the UK and mainland European markets," said Mr O'Flynn.

He said it is his aim along with his 15 staff to have their new premises regarded as being a centre of excellence, which will give maximum support to their clients on a 24/7 basis.

"This is a major expansion for us and we're excited about it. A lot of thought went into this project," he said.

Tadhg and his team decided that rather than built a brand new building, instead they will bring the historic old creamery at Tanyard in Millstreet back to its former glory. He said the building dates from the 1900 and it will be completely restored to bring it in line to their 21st century project.

O'Flynn-Medical supplies equipment throughout Munster and as far as Donegal. A key service they provide is when a person comes home from hospital and they may need specialist equipment such as air mattresses, chairs or hoists to assist them in their recovery.

The team will go to the person's house and assemble everything that is needed prior to the patient coming home.

And he also said they have a growing "holiday market."

"We get a lot of calls from clients who want to come on holiday in Ireland and as they have fixed fixtures in their homes, for example, beds or hoists, they cannot bring them with them. We simply go to their B&B or hotel where they plan to stay and when they arrive everything is already set up for them as it would be in their own home," Tadhg explained.

Now they are getting calls form overseas from visitors who have specialist needs. "We would have their specialist chair waiting for them when they got off the plane and everything is set up for them when they reach their B&B or hotel."

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