About Us

The Home Of Oxford Hoist

Over 65 Years Experience In Patient Handling

Oxford is one of the best-known names in patient handling and rehabilitation products. With a heritage dating back to the 1950s, Oxford is characterised by a stream of revolutionary designs and innovative products.

A market leading brand, Oxford strives to bring innovation to patient lifts and support services in the home care, extended care and acute markets. We have an extensive network of authorised dealers and distributors who can supply, service and maintain your fleet of patient lifts. Oxford is also a fully approved supplier of patient handling products for the NHS Supply Chain.

Oxford is a division of Joerns Healthcare, the respected international brand with a rich history dating back to 1889. Joerns Healthcare has offices located in the UK, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands, with key partners in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.

Company History

In the early 1960s, two companies on opposite sides of the Atlantic were beginning to make a name for themselves in the healthcare business.

In Wisconsin, in the United States, Joerns – the furniture manufacturing business started by the brothers Charles, Paul and Frederick Joerns in 1889 – was expanding rapidly into the long-term care market.

In Oxfordshire, England, engineer John Payne – was successfully commercialising the first mobile patient hoist. Working with Dr Ritchie Russell from the Headington Hill Hospital, he had improved an existing bed hoist system which used counterbalanced weights to assist nurses in the lifting and transferring of World War Two veterans.

After installing the first wall-mounted patient lift at Headington Hall in 1954, the first ‘Oxford’ mobile patient hoist was commercialised and launched onto the general market in 1955. It was sold directly through F.J. Payne. The brand name ‘Oxford’ was chosen because of the rich tradition of medical research and development concentrated in the Oxford region.

After the launch of Oxford’s first patient lift in 1955, many more new products followed. In the years that followed, they helped to position Oxford as a leading brand in patient handling products.

Following a short collaboration, F. J. Payne sold Oxford to Parker Bath in 1989.

In 1996, Sunrise Medical acquired the Oxford brand from Parker Bath and began manufacturing Oxford patient hoists in the West Midlands. Sunrise Medical continued to build on the Oxford brand and launched several leading lifts, including the famous Mini, Midi, Major and Maxi patient hoists.

Then in 2007, a global re-organisation within Sunrise Medical led to the launch of a new separate company – Joerns Healthcare.

Today, with operations in the United States, the UK, Canada and the Netherlands, the Joerns Healthcare business focuses primarily on the long-term care sector and incorporates a number of market leading brands. Alongside Oxford are several other core brands, including Hoyer (patient lifts) and Joerns (beds & furnishings).

Joerns Official Partner of Acorns

Providing care, support, fun and laughter for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families.

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England.

Acorns provide tailored nursing care for each child, including short breaks, emergency and end of life care at each of their three hospices located in Birmingham, Worcester and Walsall.

In July 2011 as part of an ongoing commitment to corporate and social responsibility, Joerns Healthcare signed a long-term partnership agreement to support Acorns in a variety of ways including:

  • Donation of patient handling equipment to fulfil moving and handling needs
  • Manual handling training provided by Joerns staff and/or clinical professionals
  • Fund-raising activities to contribute vital funds, ensuring Acorns’ continued service

This particular agreement marked a first for Acorns in that they had never had a healthcare related partner on board, and we are able to bring something quite different to the table; the provision of much needed moving and handling equipment along with the associated training.

To find out more about the invaluable facilities and support Acorns provide for children, young people and their families click here to visit their website.

R & D / Production

Oxford and Joerns Healthcare are committed to the design, development and distribution of innovative products that exceed our customer’s expectations. We strive to deliver solutions that make a difference to the lives of our customers, their families and care-givers.

We can accomplish this by:

  • Working directly with end users to understand the challenges associated with providing quality care.
  • Utilising our global R&D expertise to manage the product development process and deliver Best in Class designs and functionality.
  • Exploiting our superior in-house design, development and product testing capabilities to ensure the delivery of high quality products and services.
  • Working closely with our supply chain partners to ensure that our customers receive the best product, in the required lead time and at the right price.