Millbrook Healthcare has snapped up Ross Care in a move aimed at consolidating its position within the medical services industry.
Ross Care, which has been trading since 1949, is a major provider of wheelchair services and mobility equipment on behalf of NHS and local authorities.
In addition to its community equipment service, Ross Care is the largest provider of wheelchair repair contracts in the UK.
Headquartered in Wallasey, Ross Care has 18 service centres including four wheelchair clinical assessment centres across the north and north-west of England.
The deal has been initiated by the retirement of Michael Turner, Ross Care’s chairman and majority shareholder.
Milbrook said the acquisition delivers a considerable geographical extension to each business and increases the range of services offered to commissioners and service users.
The enlarged business continues to be headquartered in Southampton, has 45 service centres nationwide and 1,200 colleagues supporting the delivery of over 70 contracts.
Ross Care’s managing director, James Parramore, will continue to lead the Ross Care business and will join the executive leadership team of the enlarged group company.
Phillip Campling, Millbrook’s chief executive added: “We are delighted to welcome Ross Care to our Group – our shared expertise and commitment to our customers and communities makes this an obvious and complementary partnership. The health and social care sectors are undergoing considerable change – this partnership will enable us to prepare for this, extend our range of services and most importantly, help us to improve our customers’ and service users’ experience.”
Michael Turner, Ross Care’s Chairman and majority shareholder, added: “Ross Care has a fantastic heritage and I am extremely proud of all that we have achieved to this point.
“I know that the company has the capability to achieve much more but this is the natural point for me to pass the company to new, trusted custodians who can deliver on its future potential. In Millbrook, Ross Care has a perfect partner, and together the companies should achieve great things.”
Millbrook Healthcare offers the broadest range of community and mobility-related services in the industry and is the only provider to supply these as a fully integrated offering to NHS and local authority commissioners.
Its integrated community equipment service provides assisted living products and services, such as walking frames, hoists and pressure care equipment, allowing service users to remain at home rather than in care environments.
Headquartered in Southampton, Millbrook Healthcare has 27 service centres across the UK and delivers more than 800,000 items each year.