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Thank you!

Thursday 17th December 2020
Dr John Rees

A difficult year? Such an understatement, but at least there is now hope with the first COVID vaccine now being rolled out in the UK and more to follow. Despite lockdowns, tiers and firebreaks we have managed to continue supply to the NHS and pharmaceutical wholesalers without interruption and my thanks to our dedicated team of staff for helping us achieve this. Thank you also to all essential and key-workers, especially those working for the NHS under the toughest of conditions, many of whom will be working over Christmas and unable to travel to see their families. THANK YOU!

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Control solution or blood sample? VivaChek knows the difference

Thursday 17th October 2019

Most popular blood glucose meter models still require the user to 'tell' the meter when a control solution is being used, usually by pressing one or more buttons before or after the sample is added. If the patient forgets, or doesn't know how, to tell the meter that the sample is from a control solution and not blood then the result will be incorrectly stored as a patient's blood glucose reading and used for averaging. This could have important implications for meeting DVLA requirements and patient care. Control solution readings, particularly from a control solution with normal levels of glucose, will distort the patient's averages to look better than they actually are. In a worst scenario, control solutions could be deliberately…

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VivaChek - the inside story

Thursday 10th October 2019
JR Biomedical Ltd

VivaChek continues to expand operations world wide in the point of care testing (POCT) and self monitoring of blood glucose sectors.

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Savings for NHS CCGs with VivaChek Blood Glucose Test Strips

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Although a major concern for NHS CCGs is the rising cost of SMBG, the convenience, quality and reliability of blood glucose test results are key factors for patient care. The VivaChek blood glucose monitoring system is ISO15197:2013 (EN ISO15197:2015) certified and easy to set up and use. Features include; automatic control recognition, test strip ejector and a 900 result memory (which cannot be deleted), ketone alert and alarms. The VivaChek meter is suitable for uncomplicated type 1 diabetes as well as type 2, locked to mmoles/L for UK patients and Diasend compatible. The VivaChek test strips are available on NHS drug tariff currently priced £8.99 for 50 strips (2 x 25 strip vials). Customer support is provided by the UK distributor JR Biomedical Ltd…

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Successful ISO9001 audit

Monday 18th February 2019

Following an external audit by Approachable Certification for ISO9001:2015, we are pleased to announce that JR Biomedical's Quality System met the requirements of the new standard with zero non-compliances. The audit demonstrating once again our commitment to quality and customer service towards the NHS and medical research community.

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JR Biomedical is awarded ISO13485:2016 certification

Monday 4th February 2019

We are pleased to announce that following a 3 day audit of our facility in North Wales by United Registrar of Systems (URS), we have been successful in attaining ISO13485:2016 Quality System accreditation for the manufacturing of in-vitro diagnostic products.

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Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2019 from VivaChek

Monday 24th December 2018

Thank you to all our VivaChek customers, diabetes specialist nurses and medicines management teams. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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VivaChek from NHS Supply Chain

Thursday 19th July 2018

We are pleased to confirm that the VivaChek blood glucose meter, test strips and lancets are now available through the NHS Supply Chain. Special pricing has been negotiated to offer affordable test strips for the monitoring of uncomplicated diabetes whether in clinic or hospital for professional use or for the self monitoring of blood glucose levels by your patients at home. The VivaChek monitoring system is simple to use, providing fast, reliable results including features such as; automatic control recognitionstores 900 patient results - not deleteable0.5µl sample sizewide haematocrit and temperature compensationfixed to mmoles/lstrip ejectortest alarms The system has independent, published evidence of ISO15197:2015 compliance and is supported by a nurse led customer care team. For further information please contact JR Biomedical on Freephone…

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Test strip subscription service for type 2 diabetics

Tuesday 17th July 2018

A new subscription service has been launched to help make the purchase of test strips more affordable for type 2 diabetics that need to check their blood glucose levels, but cannot get test strips free on prescription. The new service is called and has two plans; one for lite users and one for standard users at £18 per month or quarter depending on the quantity of test strips required. The price includes a free blood glucose meter when you start your subscription and free disposable lancets with every pack of test strips. There is no delivery charge and you can change, pause or stop your subscription at any time. All subscribers will also benefit from JR Biomedical's customer service which has…

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Get a FREE Blood Glucose Meter Today

Thursday 12th July 2018

You can get a free VivaChek Blood Glucose Meter Starter Pack (RSP £24.99) during July 2018 by collecting in person from our laboratory in St Asaph, North Wales. Or see below how you can order online (a small charge of £3.95 towards p+p will be payable). VivaChek blood glucose test strips and lancets are available free of charge on prescription or to purchase from your pharmacy. If you wish to take advantage of this offer please visit our online partner Health Check Shop and use coupon code FREEVIVA when you 'View Cart' before checkout. The offer is limited to one pack per person. UK mainland only. We reserve the right to discontinue this offer or refuse to supply at any time.

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