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Direct Healthcare Group makes first European move with Swedish rehab aids acquisition

Direct Healthcare Group has made its first acquisition outside of the UK with the buyout of Swedish rehab aids specialist, GATE Rehab Development.

It comes after the recent secondary buyout of Direct Healthcare Group by European healthcare specialist investor ArchiMed.

GATE Rehab Development, based in Reftele, Sweden, has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of rehabilitation aids.

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Its Bure stand tall walkers and EASY hygiene chairs are well established within the Swedish healthcare market.

DHG says the strategic acquisition provides the firm with a Launchpad to the Swedish and first Scandinavian markets.

Graham Ewart, CEO at Direct Healthcare Group, said: “The acquisition of GATE represents our first strategic step in delivering our innovative, clinically proven, market-leading pressure care management and specialist seating portfolios into the Swedish and wider European markets.”

Adding: “However, more so, the acquisition further enhances Direct Healthcare Group’s offering and belief in providing solutions that enable the healthcare challenges associated with reduced patient movement to be managed and resolved to support care providers in the delivery of better health outcomes.

“For over a decade, Direct Healthcare Group have been helping to achieve clinical outcomes and economic efficiencies within the bed and at the bedside. With the addition of GATE’s solutions, we can now also help to encourage safe, earlier mobilisation of patients to enhance recovery.”

In December, DHG welcomed a £126m investment from ArchiMed.

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