Hull manufacturer of lifesaving blankets expands following new contracts

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Oct 2017

A Hull manufacturer of lifesaving blankets used by emergency services and the NHS is making inroads in the vehicle recovery sector.

Orvecare of Sutton Fields, east Hull, has begun supplying its emergency thermal blankets to recovery specialists after securing a contract with North Lincolnshire-based Gallows Road recovery.

The firm developed the Orve+wrap in response to a gap in the market to provide a blanket that raised a patient's core temperature without needing a secondary heat source.

The NHS is one of the company’s largest clients, using the blankets at the Royal National hospital in London to warm patients before surgery.

Tony Codd, business development executive, said: "The blankets are very versatile, and now we have our first motor vehicle recovery client we hope that others will also want to improve the services they offer stranded motorists or at accident scenes."

Leanne Lyons tests an Orve+wrap thermal blanket with Nick Curtin, left, and Tony Codd

UK customers include St John Ambulance, London Ambulance Service, Kent Search and Rescue, Bolton Mountain Rescue and veterinary wholesalers as well as the NHS.

Orvecare started out four years ago and is part of Orvec International, which has 41 staff in Hull.

Managing director Kevin Stamp added: "There are many situations where keeping someone warm can be a matter of life or death.

"Fortunately, an East Riding scout group coming down Snowdon this summer had an Orve+wrap blanket with them, which proved invaluable in an emergency for a woman who was in a hypothermic state with an open knee fracture after falling.

"Her foil blanket was doing no good, but the Orve+wrap blanket warmed her up until rescuers came."

The protective foil blanket is a six-layer laminate which is manufactured in Hull to give patients a better chance of recovery, and is now also being marketed to help keep people warm following traffic accidents and breakdowns.

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Nick Curtin, managing director of Barnetby firm Gallows Road Recovery, said: "We work with most leading motoring organisations and when we saw Orve+wrap in use by the emergency services we realised it would also be an excellent product for us.

"People are advised to stand away from their vehicle until the recovery team arrives and can very often get wet and cold during this time.

"Our staff can now offer warmth and protection from inclement weather whilst we safely recover their vehicle."

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