Case Studies

They say a picture paints a thousand words…and it does. But so can a story of 150 words speak a thousand words, and therefore make your decision for you and that’s what we have here; short, real-life experiences and examples of how Valley Northern has stepped in to make others’ jobs hassle free, because we care. 

There’s nothing quite like reading of genuine cases as a convincing demonstration of what we can do for you…

Overcoming simple challenges for the benefit of all

A hospital in the heart of Wales was running a campaign to encourage patients to bring unwanted medicines to their pharmacy safely so as to avoid putting others at risk.

The hazard is that medicines are stockpiled at home increasing the risk of wrong medication being taken, out of date medicines being used with consequential dangers, or other children or vulnerable adults taking them.

Furthermore, they had a language barrier to overcome with 53% of people in Wales speaking Welsh daily!

After spending some time with Valley northern, our team came up with a plan to do all of this;

We suggested a bag printed up with clear instructions of what to do, using Welsh AND English language. Simple, English on one side and Welsh on the other!

And to avoid the risk of medicines getting lost, we suggested switching to a re-sealable bag – so that there are no dropouts! We also added in a bottom gusset to make life hassle free

The result?  - Happy customers and safer happy patients!

We love thinking up solutions, do you have a fresh challenge for us?

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Overcoming simple challenges for the benefit of all Overcoming simple challenges for the benefit of all

Bespoke Label Designs

Last year a pharmacist approached us asking if we did labels for flu vaccinations, and we were running against the clock.  To help our customer meet their requirements we created a bespoke label for them, but it got us to thinking that this could be a useful product for many more customers.

Our product development team set to work designing the idea and making it a reality.  By the time the flu vaccination season was in full swing, we had the new labels in stock and available for anyone to order with no minimum order quantities.

This year we are fully prepared in advance, with ample stocks ready for you.

Have you had an idea that would make your life easier?  Not seen something on the market but wish it was readily available?  Discovered that small things make big differences?

With Valley Northern you can voice your ideas, make requests and reap the benefits by making it happen.

Simply let us know your ideas – we will work on making them realities.

Your creativity, our innovation, ingenuity realised

A Solutions Provider and a Problem Solver...That's Valley Northern!

When the main purchasing manager from a well known hospital near the centre of London came to us asking for ideas, Valley Northern rose to the challenge once again! 

The hospital was running a clinical trial for a new drug, and was having difficulties in dispensing the pre-filled syringes to the correct departments.  Therefore, they needed us to create a cardboard carton dispenser to ease the situation.

After the hospital had provided a rough sketch of what they wanted, and the brand that they wanted printing on the dispenser, Valley Northern set to and got a proper scale drawing produced to visualise the product accurately. 

It was identified that not only did the hospital staff need a dispenser but they also needed to see the printed batch number on the back of the cartons which go in the dispenser.

Taking all this into account, the bespoke team at Valley Northern produced a sample for the customer. This then brought to light that one small amendment needed to be made to the carton. Something was needed to go into the base of the dispenser to enable the syringe cartons to slide out easily.  Being a solutions-driven team, we came up with the idea of inserting a piece of polystyrene into the base of the dispenser. Another challenge met.

Within just 2 weeks, Valley Northern had produced a final proof and a physical sample of the carton had been manufactured and sent to the hospital.

Just 2 months later, we were proud to have developed, produced and delivered an excellent solution to the requirements of this valued customer. An entirely bespoke and exclusive carton dispenser had been provided, but most of all, another customers life became more hassle-free as a result of our helpful team here at Valley Northern.

We look forward to hearing from you with how we can provide you with the Valley Northern bespoke solutions service!

Hospital makes strategic move forward to improve its image.

A hospital decided to make a strategic move forward to save their reputation and ensure that bad publicity didn’t re-occur.  They ordered the Unopac Bottles from Valley Northern.  These tried and tested bottles are guaranteed 100% contamination free as they come with the caps already on, and are capped within 90 seconds of being made. 

A well known hospital in North London was publicised in the local press for having a creeping insect inside their tablet bottles after a customer received their tablets with an insect included!

The hospital had always traditionally used uncapped bottles and separate caps, which they stored with the tops of the boxes open in a store room, so anything could get in.  As a result of the above issue, they contacted Valley Northern who immediately provided the solution. 

The hospital doesn’t have any open bottles in their store room anymore, and they don’t have to go searching for the separate caps.  The hospital image has been improved as customers recognised the hospital as being prepared to make drastic improvements; not only this, the hospital now has total peace of mind knowing that they are using a safe, guaranteed dispensing solution.  Totally hassle free!

Frustration eliminated and costs reduced as solution is found to packing pre-filled syringes.

So many times we go on doing the same tasks thinking that there is no better method to how I’m doing them now. Yet, one day a busy pharmacist took a few minutes to call Valley Northern to ask if there was any possibility of helping him sort the issue with packing down Dalteparin and Clexane pre-filled syringes.  At the time they were using two cartons together or having to fold ends and use sticky tape, both of which were very costly and time consuming.

Valley Northern came up with a new special size of Tablet Carton called CTNXL and this was specifically designed to fit these products in.  Now hundreds of other customers have benefited as they were experiencing the same issue.  Each of these pharmacists have had their ‘carton frustration’ eliminated, and are now experiencing a reduction in costs for dispensing these products.  Simply hassle free!

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