Helping to keep your residents safe during an evacuation

The sheer gravity of the unthinkable situation where a fire breaks out in a care home and planning, organising and executing the safe evacuation of your residents and staff, and what the consequences could be, must feel like a huge responsibility for all care home managers, proprietors and fire marshalls.

I can only imagine the scale of the operation to be undertaken – and yet it has all been brought back again to the forefront of our minds over this last week, with the sad news of another lost life of a young girl, with learning difficulties, in a care home, who perished after a fire broke out.


Everyone has the right to be evacuated safely during an emergency. This includes the most vulnerable residents of care homes, hospitals, and any other premises where people live who have impairments that could hinder their escape. Each and every fire situation is different. Therefore, each and every care home premises need to devise their own personalised fire evacuation procedure with speed and safety being the main priorities

The fire evacuation strategy should be created with detail and precision only after a detailed fire risk assessment for the care home has been completed, to ensure the safe exit of all personnel. Here at Hcsuk, we recently received an enquiry, from one of our lovely customers, who was updating their fire policy and having completed their risk assessment had identified the need for a ‘Fire Evacuation Kit’. This prompted them to ask for our help in sourcing this item for them.


As always, when a customer requests assistance like this, we go away and do our research and source a fit for purpose solution which best meets the customers’ needs. I have to say our customer is delighted with what we have found for her! We then wondered which of our other care home customers would also be interested to learn more about this great new innovation from Hcsuk to improve the safety of residents during an evacuation.


So, we are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new and exclusive bespoke Care Home Fire Evacuation Grab Bag – thoughtfully designed to assist your staff to evacuate your residents safely in an emergency, and look after their health and wellbeing both during and after the process.

 Our Care Home Fire Evacuation Kit contains the following important items for you:

  • 20 x emergency insulated foil blankets – to wrap your residents in to keep them warm, protected from the wind to and help with any shock they may suffer.
  • 20 x disposable rain poncho – for your residents to wear to keep them dry in wet conditions.
  • 100 x patient identification bracelets plus 1 x marker pen – to enable your staff to identify and account for all of your residents after evacuation.
  • 1 x travel First Aid kit – to enable your staff to administer first aid treatment for any minor injuries sustained during the evacuation.
  • 1 x LED headlight, supplied with alkaline batteries for your fire marshall or person leading the evacuation to ensure hands free lighting wherever they are – invaluable in an emergency!
  • 1 x Hi-Vis vest to identify a key members of staff in charge of the evacuation.


All of these helpful items are contained in a very handy backpack with hanging handle marked  ‘EMERGENCY KIT which can be hung and stored conveniently in a communal area and is really easy to grab and put on at a moment’s notice.

If you would like to learn more about our exciting and innovative kit, or to place an order or view any of our other fire evacuation product solutions, please head on over to our website

Or you can contact Beckie today on 01773 713713 or email her at

Please note we currently have limited stocks available so why not grab one (or two) now, while you can?!




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Customer Testimonials

“We’ve built a strong working relationship with Hcsuk over many years, having used them to source, install and service our medical training equipment. We have always found the team very professional, helpful, and well-organised. We’d like to give a particular shout out to Phil, the technician / engineer who has been the consistent friendly face visiting our business to inspect and test our mobility hoists every 6 months. Thank you for all your support and advice.”

P. B. (Care Manager), Blue Bird Care Ltd

You are part of a great company, if we can help you grow by contracting you out to our sites its good for you, but it’s great for us because your service is fantastic, very efficient, everyone within Hcsuk is super helpful in answering queries and every time we’ve had an issue, Hcsuk has always been there to solve the problem almost immediately, which is fantastic.

Leicestershire County Council

Truly exceptional levels of customer service, the best I have experienced for many years. Very helpful staff made follow up calls to ask how the equipment was performing and supplied extra user instructions to supplement the manufacturers manual. I would not hesitate to order from this company again.

Savills Estate Agents

We would just like to pass on our thanks for all of your help with our orders and would be pleased if you would also pass on our thanks to the manufacturers for being so accommodating in meeting our requirements. We have found everyone very helpful.

Lincs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Since I set up the account for Hcsuk over 18 months ago I have found them to be an excellent advocate of our products. They have been willing to learn about the technical and servicing elements to our hoists and the sales staff have really taken on board and proactively promoted our range where possible. I feel that as a company Hcsuk have got the desire and right people in place for growing in this competitive industry. They seem to push themselves to go that little bit further and offer that little bit more to stand out from the rest. May our relationship continue going from strength to strength.

Joerns Healthcare

As a care home manager I have used Hcsuk for my supplies for the last 20 years in two homes. I have always found them to be helpful and reliable. Their products are of the highest standards, they are able to source anything. The delivery service is prompt and regular so I do not have to keep large amounts of stock. They supply extra services such as servicing and repairs which are done efficiently, and training in COSHH. The reps are pleasant and helpful bringing new products to my attention but are never ”pushy”. Aftercare is good, any problems soon sorted. I would recommend them highly and would not think of using anyone else.

Littleover Nursing Home

HPC have supplied Hcsuk (Health Care Services Ltd) for well over a decade now and we would consider them to be a high quality and professional business run in an organised and progressive manor. We do not rank our customers or have a preferred customer status but if we were to introduce such a scheme I can confirm that Hcsuk would easily make such a grade.

HPC Healthline

As a manufacturer we look for key values in a distributor some of these include honesty, reliability, commitment and reputation. Hcsuk carry all of these and many more. With a twenty plus year working relationship we now place Jo and the team at the top of our distributor list. I have no hesitation in recommending Hcsuk to any prospective manufacturer or customer and wish Jo and the team all the best for the future.

Cleenol Group Ltd

It is brilliant that we are able to ring Health Care Services and that you will go the extra mile to get us the stock we need as soon as possible.

Rykneld View Nursing Home

Just to say a huge thankyou to you and your fantastic team, and I mean that from the Heart. I have never before experienced such a person centred company.

Hampton Grange Nursing Home

What I like about working with Health Care Services is the relationship we have built up and the personal service. The homes report that you always deliver on time, the quality is consistantly good and the prices competitive. Your team members are always willing to go that extra mile for us and if ever we have an issue there is always someone there to save the day.

Eastgate Care

VAT Relief Information

Conditions for VAT relief for disabled people

Some of the products which can be purchased from the Hcsuk website are available for an eligible person to purchase without paying VAT on them. HM Revenue and Customs sets out the conditions when equipment for disabled people might be free of VAT and how to claim exemption from paying VAT on these products.

Products a can only be exempt from VAT when all the following conditions are met:

  1. The customer is eligible to purchase supplies at the zero rate
  2. The goods are for the personal or domestic use of the customer
  3. The goods and services are eligible to be supplied at the zero rate

A more detailed explanation of each of these conditions is given below, but you should visit the HM Revenue and Customs Website to fully understand the conditions

The product must be being purchased for someone who is chronically ill or disabled.

A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person:

It does not include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.

‘personal or domestic’ use means that the supply must be made available specifically for the use of an eligible individual.

You don’t have to physically buy the goods in person. If your parent, guardian or wife or husband buys the goods and services for you, then you won’t be charged VAT.

What counts as personal or domestic use?

Personal or domestic use means that the goods or services are supplied for your own private use, rather than for business purposes. Also, the goods or services must be just for your own use – not for use by anyone else, or chronically sick or disabled people in general. However, if you and your partner are both chronically sick or disabled and you buy goods or services for both of you to use, then you won’t have to pay VAT.

Products which are offered for sale on this website which qualify for VAT relief to be claimed for an eligible person.

The products which can be bought without paying VAT are:

Only the products on our site carrying the VAT exemption price (the smaller price marked ex VAT) are eligible to be purchased this way and you must tick the box on the basket page indicating that you wish to claim VAT exemption on the items in your basket that are eligible for VAT relief.

How to claim

On the my basket page of this website a link to the online declaration form is provided if the basket contains a product that qualifies for VAT relief. You must tick the box to state you wish to claim VAT relief on the eligible product and complete in full the reason by which you are ‘chronically sick or disabled’ and name and address of the claimant. If possible the person making the claim should complete this form, but a family member, carer or medical professional may complete the form on the claimants behalf. To submit the claim and receive the VAT relief, click the ‘Submit VAT Relief Claim’ button before proceeding to the checkout.

Please note that all orders submitted with a VAT relief claim form completed are checked before the order is processed.

It is necessary to complete a separate claim form each time a qualifying product is purchased from Hcsuk.


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