Salts acquires southern DAC


West Midlands home care specialist Salts Healthcare has acquired Healthlink, a Dispensing Appliance Contractor (DAC) covering Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Surrey.

The acquisition will enable Salts to make its UK customer service network fully national, increasing its number of care centres to 17.

Sussex-based Healthlink has been run for 30 years by its founder and owner Liz Box, who is due to retire.

Family-owned Salts Healthcare, established over 300 years ago, specialises in stoma and continence care products.

The company’s home delivery service, Salts Medilink, provides specialist nurses and rapid prescription delivery via a network of customer care centres.

According to Peter Salt, Salts Healthcare’s Managing Director, the company “provides a vital service to ostomy and continence patients throughout the UK”. He added: “That passion to provide the very best service is found across the Healthlink team, and it’s that same quality of care and professional principles that attracted us.”

“This is a new chapter for both me and the company, and I’m delighted that my work will be continued with the same passion by Salts Healthcare,” said Liz Box. “As a family-owned firm, I know that Salts will look after my company, my staff and most importantly the patients.”

For Salts Healthcare, the last year has seen new product launches, significant export growth and the acquisition of UCI Healthcare.

Philip Salt, CEO, (pictured above with Liz Box and Peter Salt), commented: “Our early history shows we were originally metal workers who progressed to surgical instruments. This adaptation was borne out of our home-made but specialist skills and the desire to innovate. The same principles apply now, especially in a global economy with pressures for cheaper products coming from across the world.”