NCT Trading Partnership

The Company has agreed commercial trading with NCT to market and promote its VisionĀ® Diagnostics range to the customer base of NCT. Orders have already been received by the Company

                                                                                                                                             09 MARCH 2011
                                                      SUTHERLAND HEALTH GROUP PLC
                                           ("Sutherland Health Group" or "the company")
                                                            PLUS Symbol: SHGP
                                   New trading relationship with NCT formerly the National
                                                              Childbirth Trust


The Board of Sutherland Health Group, a national supplier of patient hygiene, sexual health and diagnostic products to customers including the NHS, updates its shareholders on a new trading relationship.

The Company has agreed commercial trading with NCT to market and promote its Vision® Diagnostics range to the customer base of NCT. Orders have already been received by the Company.
 

The Vision® Amniotic Leak Detector, Vision® hCG Pregnancy tests, Vision® Vaginal Infection Swabs and Sutherland® Lubricating Jelly will be marketed via NCT’s online shop www.nctprofessional.co.uk to healthcare professionals, enabling the Company to improve its distribution into this
important sector that includes midwives.

NCT is the UK’s largest charity for parents. Each year the charity supports over a million parents through a life-changing experience, offering expert information and trusted practical and emotional support through a nationwide network of 320 local branches, free helplines, a website, antenatal and postnatal courses, breastfeeding counselling and peer support schemes.

Chairman John French commented:

“We are delighted to announce commercial trading with NCT and look forward to rolling out our marketing programme for the Vision® brand with this important and high profile charity.” 

Chief Executive of NCT, Belinda Phipps commented: “NCT welcomes the opportunity to be working with Sutherland Health Group. As a charity with 105,000 members and over 10,000 volunteers, NCT supports up to a million parents each year.”

NCT Professional (NCT’s online shop) offers a one-stop site selling a range of practical products for those working with expectant and new parents; specialist equipment to enhance the birth environment, and resources for continued professional development.

All items in NCT Professional have been specially chosen by NCT based on over 50 years experience and all the proceeds go towards supporting the
charity’s vital services, network of local branches, national helplines and antenatal and postnatal courses.”
 

The Directors of the Issuer accept responsibility for this announcement.For further information:


John French, Chairman
Sutherland Health Group plc
E: john@sutherlandhealth.com
T: 07836 722 482
 

Heena Karani
Rivington St Corporate Finance Ltd
E: heena.karani@rs-cf.com
T: 0207 562 3393
 

NCT
E:press@nct.org.uk
T: 0208 752 2404
 

Notes to Editors:
Sutherland Health Group Plc is a national supplier of patient hygiene, sexual health and diagnostic products to the UK National Health Service (NHS) and other UK customers. Its aim is to supply innovative solutions to current health issues by studying current trends and working alongside leading professionals who also work within the health sector.


The company is committed to developing and marketing high quality brands and products that will benefit health professionals and consumers alike in many areas of health. The Group has established its own brands: Condomania® Condoms; Sutherland® Patient Hygiene and Personal Care; Lubricating Jelly; and Vision® pregnancy and gynaecology diagnostics. These products have already become established within the NHS business.


The Group is ISO and MHRA registered, and at present principally operates within the United Kingdom.
NCT (formerly National Childbirth Trust) supports all parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support and make friends. We are the UK’s leading parenting charity, and campaign as the voice for parents on the issues they care about. For more information call NCT on 0300 330 0770 or visit www.nct.org.uk


NCT Shop - www.nctshop.co.uk - is a trading name of NCT Trading Ltd. NCT Trading Ltd was founded in 1992 with the sole aim of raising funds for the NCT charity to support its invaluable services and campaigns. 100% of NCT Trading Ltd’s profits go the NCT.

The Vision® Amniotic Leak Detector is a diagnostic panty liner worn by pregnant women that has a patented technology proven in clinical trials that can warn if any amniotic fluid leak has been detected on the panty liner. This helps to protect the mother and baby and also helps to reduce the risk of complications or premature birth. The product is recommended for use in both high risk and normal pregnancies.


The Vision® Vaginal Infection Swab is a point of care professional probe for use by Health Professionals that detects in a matter of seconds whether a woman has Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomonas, or other parasitic infections. It can be used when a patient has an abnormal vaginal discharge, but can
also be used to routinely check women who have a history of pre-term delivery in pregnancy, before IVF procedures, and other vaginal procedures.

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