The new Siemens Xprecia Stride

Williams Medical Awarded Exclusive Supply of Breakthrough Product in INR Testing

Global manufacturer Siemens Healthcare have appointed Williams Medical as exclusive supplier in to UK primary care and pharmacies for the Xprecia Stride™ Coagulation Analyser; a new and innovative product for accurate Point of Care Testing.

Over the past 12 months, there has been a significant movement of INR and other tests from traditional hospital settings to primary and community care providers. Further momentum is predicted as a survey by Williams Medical reports that nearly 40% of GP surgeries expect to deliver more Point of Care Testing in 2015*.

Designed to fit in a pocket, the handheld Xprecia Stride ensures that Healthcare Professionals can rapidly achieve laboratory accurate results in non-hospital settings. Using the same Dade® Innovin® reagent as Siemens lab analysers, the Xprecia Stride promises precise and reliable results. With convenience and user safety in mind, the product also boasts a number of advanced features, including test strip ejection button to reduce exposure to biohazards and a barcode scanner for fast, accurate patient and operator ID entry.

Siemens Healthcare is initially launching the Xprecia Stride in to selected countries across the world. In the UK, the product will be exclusively supplied in to the primary care market and pharmacy channel through Williams Medical, part of DCC Vital, a subsidiary of DCC Plc. Williams provides medical supplies and services to more than 9,000 GP surgeries, Clinical Commissioning Groups, pharmacies and leading corporate healthcare providers. The partnership is intended to make full use of the company's existing customer service excellence - from demonstrations, training and knowledgeable product experts who can guide customers through the purchase, to after-sales support and assistance.

Stewart Hutton, Country Division Lead for Siemens Diagnostics, looks forward to the benefits from the collaboration with Williams.

"Siemens is delighted to have chosen Williams Medical as our UK strategic partner for this exciting, new product," he said. "We opted for a leader in primary care and pharmacy supplies to ensure that Healthcare Professionals and patients have unrivalled access to innovation in medical diagnostics. Williams really impressed us with their professionalism, exceptional customer service offering and unparalled coverage of the UK healthcare market."

Chris Hawthorn, Commercial Director at Williams Medical adds "we are proud that Siemens chose Williams as the exclusive primary care and pharmacy supplier for the Xprecia Stride. With more and more diagnostic tests taking place in GP surgeries, pharmacies and community care settings, it's vital that Healthcare Professionals have the appropriate technology at their disposal. This partnership ensures that customers of Williams Medical have the latest products and services available to them."

* In a Williams Medical survey of 85 surgeries, 39.47% of respondents stated expected plans to introduce or increase point of care testing in 2015. This research was undertaken in January 2015 and more information is available upon request.