Ocura, our story, our history

24 March 2020

Here at Ocura we’re proud of our heritage

Over the last 40 years we’ve worked in partnership with NHS and Private Hospitals helping to support their staff and make sure patients and their families are comfortable and cared for during their time in hospital. We use our years of experience, knowledge and expertise to help transform healthcare environments.

Here’s our story:

1976 – Beaver Medical Supplies was founded by a physiotherapist, selling height adjustable medical furniture to improve patient care and alleviate staff back-care issues.

1990 – Blood sampling chairs were added to the range, revolutionising the way blood was taken in hospitals, reducing infection control issues and improving safety.

2003 – Purchase of Carlton Furniture, the original manufacturer and market leader of blood sampling chairs since 1971.

2004 – Beaver Medical Supplies was purchased by the current owners, and renamed Beaver Healthcare Furniture.

2005 – We purchased a second premises in Scotland, to improve service to our customers nationally.

2006 – Rapid expansion of our clinical furniture range, including setting up a specialist manufacturing facility.

2007 – The year of our first patient recliner.

2010 – We introduced a brand new chemotherapy chair to the market, in conjunction with leading Oncologists, to improve patient comfort and care.

2011 – Became an approved supplier on the NHS Supply Chain Framework Agreement for Medical Furniture, giving total confidence and price benefit to all our NHS customers.

2012 – Continued growth necessitated moving to larger premises, doubling the size of our warehouse and office provision.

2013 – Further improvements to our range of patient recliner chairs, led to an increase in sales and becoming a key supplier to the NHS and Private Sector.

2014 – We introduced our overnight sleeper chair to the UK market, enabling family members to accompany their loved ones in hospital.

2015 – An industry first, we introduced our 5-day delivery service on many popular lines, assisting hospital procurement teams to meet their urgent requirements.

2016 – We changed our trading name to Ocura Healthcare Furniture to better reflect our core principles and values – the Latin word ‘Cura’ meaning ‘Care’ and ‘Thoughtfulness’.

2017 – Introduction of new products for Sepsis Treatment and Cancer Care, confirming our ongoing commitment to clinical staff and patients.

2018 and beyond – We’ve got a host of new products we’re excited to launch in 2018 and beyond, consolidating our position as a market leader of innovative healthcare furniture solutions.

We are Ocura – we care.

Our purpose is to listen, understand and collaborate with caring staff to transform healthcare environments, so they can improve the outcome for patients and make a difference to their lives and those of their families.