About Robinson Healthcare
Robinson Healthcare has an established reputation as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of healthcare products, providing medical professionals, pharmacists, retailers and consumers with products they can trust.
The company was founded in 1839 when John Bradbury Robinson, a retail chemist in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, decided to set up a business making pill boxes. 16 years later the business diversified and started manufacturing surgical dressings to meet the huge demand created by the Crimean War.
The business pioneered the manufacture of medical cotton wool and worked in partnership with Dr Joseph Sampson Gamgee to patent and manufacture the world famous Gamgee tissue.
Innovation remains part of the company’s product development plans today. Robinson Healthcare was a pioneer in the introduction of single use surgical instruments in 2002 and remains the clear market leader. In 2010, further development led to the introduction of Instraspec, the first unbreakable disposable plastic vaginal speculum.
|Carding Room, Walton Works, Chesterfield c1920||Sewing Room, Walton Works, Chesterfield c1950|
Almost all Robinson Healthcare products are produced at a large UK manufacturing facility in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Single use instruments, which are classed as medical devices, are AQL inspected and hygienically packaged in a large Class 7 cleanroom, then sterilised by Ethylene Oxide gas to meet rigorous quality standards.
Cotton wool products are manufactured from raw materials offering optimum versatility and rapid response to changes in customer demand. Robinson Healthcare’s factory is also approved to manufacture licensed veterinary medicinal products.
These and other products are manufactured for three distinct market sectors:
A comprehensive range of single use instruments for surgical, gynaecological, podiatry and dental procedures. Complemented by medical cotton wool and absorbents, patient and surface wipes and professional woundcare products.
An extensive choice of innovative first aid products for the home, plus market leading beauty and baby care cotton wool products, breast pads, earplugs and continence care items.
The UK’s only licensed veterinary poultice dressing complemented by veterinary woundcare and cotton wool products.
Class 7 Cleanroom
Cotton Pad Manufacturing
Robinson Healthcare has over 180 years experience of working in partnership with healthcare professionals, pharmacists, retailers and consumers. The company fully understands that a consistent and reliable supply of high quality products is critical to the smooth and efficient running of healthcare services, pharmacy and retail operations.
To maintain this high level of service, Robinson Healthcare has a dedicated team that liaises with customers at all levels within each of the following market sectors:
Extensive stocks of finished goods and raw material underpin the company’s supply from stock philosophy, maintaining a world-class level of service.
Robinson Healthcare is committed to meeting customers’ needs. To do so, it has adopted a number of core aims and values that are fundamental to the business:
The result is a progressive and innovative company whose name can be trusted – Robinson Healthcare.
1839 John Bradbury Robinson begins making pill boxes
1855 Commence manufacturing of surgeon’s lint
1885 Patent and start manufacturing Gamgee
1885 File world’s first patent for sanitary towels
1880s First antiseptic dressings developed with Lord Lister
1949 Patent Paddi-Pads, the 1st disposable nappy system
1950s Consumer cotton wool products introduced
1959 Nikini consumer sanitary towels launched
1959 Flexoplast adhesive plasters introduced
1967 Develop and introduce breast pads
1972 Fast Aid adhesive plasters introduced
1982 Introduce cotton wool pleats, rolls and balls
1984 Launch Readiwipes - 1st non-woven patient wipe
2002 Instrapac single use instruments launched
2010 Launch Instraspec - 1st unbreakable plastic speculum
2013 Launch Readigloves - medical examination gloves
2018 Launch Readiwipes Dry - skin cleansing dry wipes
2018 Launch Readiwipes Wet - skin cleansing wet wipes