Solent Scales is a UK wide supplier of medical weighing equipment. We understand the importance of accuracy when working within the medical profession and the need for reliable equipment.
Specialising in the supply of SECA & Shekel approved weighing equipment, throughout the UK; Solent Scale Services stock a wide range of medical and hospital scales.
We can supply all medical scales to hospitals, veterinary surgeries, doctor’s surgeries, rest homes, retirement homes and small practices. All our medical scales are Class III Approved, come with a minimum of 1-year warranty and are fully serviceable by our team of expert service engineers.
Class III Approved
1+ Year Warranty
What is a Medical Scale?
Medical scales are weighing apparatus specifically designed to be used in sterile, medical environments. They’re designed with the specific needs of medical professionals in mind and they’re accredited to NAWI Class III, making them perfect for use in hospitals and general practices where reliable and repeatable weighing is required.
Medical Scales are designed to fit the needs of the medical industry. They’re easy to clean and long lasting, whilst still being easily serviced and tested.
What does Class III Approved Medical Scale Mean?
A Class III approved scale is a scale that has been approved under the 1993 Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments (NAWI) directive. This signifies that the weighing apparatus can lawfully be used for certain controlled purposes. In most cases this is applied to retail scales, but here it applies to medical scales. Under the NAWI Directive “all scales used in the determination of mass in the practice of medicine, weighing patients for the purpose of monitoring, diagnosis and medical treatment must be medically approved”.
Class III scales which conform to the directive must be marked with the CE mark and the letter M followed by the current year for example M18 (A green M may be shown on earlier models but has now been changed to this, new rules were brought in 2016). They will also be marked with a 4-digit notified body number indicating the organisation responsible for its verification. Simply being marked with a CE mark is not enough, as this may indicate conformity with other EC Directives.
Which Medical Scales do I Need?
The medical scales which you may need will depend entirely on the nature of its use. However, we’ll be able to help you find the right scales for the job. If you can’t find the information on our website, please give us a call on 01243 697372 where one of the team will be able to help you out.
If you work in care of patients with reduced mobility, we can offer an extensive range of accessibility scales. These scales are specifically designed to cater for those unable to stand on a traditional set of floor scales. Our accessibility scales range of chairs which weigh the patient whilst sitting, through to floor scales with railings, weighing platforms for wheelchairs and systems for weighing a patient whilst they’re in a bed. Monitoring weight is incredibly important for health and wellbeing, these scales allow you to do that, whilst maintaining the comfort of the patient.
However, medical weighing is not always about weighing a whole person. We have a range of “general purpose” medical scales available. These Class III approved scales allow the medical professional to weigh smaller items accurately.
If you work with young infants, you will have a need for a gentler scale. For this, look at our range of baby scales. They’re designed to be gentle on skin, easily cleaned and sterilised. They have an especially concave weighing surface to cradle the child for increased comfort and more accurate weighing.
Do we Need Class III Approved Scales?
Under the Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments Regulations of 2000, the design of medical instruments must be approved by a “Notified Body”. In the UK, this is the National Measurements Office. In addition, each individual product must be checked for conformity and accuracy by trading standards.
These regulations came into force on the 1st January 2003. If you are using instruments purchased before this date, you can continue to use them.
You do not need to have Class III approved scales for use in non-medical practices. For example, health clubs, gyms or fitness clubs. However, a Class III scale is more accurate than a Class IIII scale, so it’s not without its benefit.
If you’re purchasing scales for any medical related function, such as weighing patients, your scales will need to be Class III Approved (or higher such as Class II and Class I)
The Importance of IP Rated Medical Scales
The IP rating of medical scales refers to the level of protection it has from the elements. IP stands for “Ingress Protection” and is then followed by a number – IP64 for instance.
The first number refers to the devices protection against access to hazard parts (such as moving parts or electrical conductors) as well as from solid particles. This ranges from 0 to 6. A rating of 0 provides no protection from particles. A rating of 1, means that the device will not allow objects larger than 50mm into it and large areas of the body. A rating of 2 means that only items smaller than 12.5mm may enter the internal workings of the device, particularly fingers. A rating of 6 means that it is completely protected from dust and contact.
The second number refers to the devices protection against water and ranges from 0 through to 8. Naturally, a rating of zero indicates that the device has no protection against water. A rating of 4 shows that the device is protecting against a gentle splash from water from any direction. A rating of 8 proves that the device is suitable for continuous immersion in water.
There is one final IP rating which is higher. IP69K. Where the 9K means that the device is protected from pressurised water, such as steam-jet cleaning. The 6 is the same “total protection” from dust and particles.
Depending on the intended use of the medical scales, it may be incredibly important for the device to provide some protection against ingress. This could be to protect a patient from getting their finger caught in a moving part all the way through to using the device in a humid environment or wet room. We recommend at least a low level of protection from fluids, to ensure that the device can be cleaned thoroughly without damaging the equipment.
Do you Only Sell Weighing Scales?
Not only do we supply various types of weighing equipment, but we also supply several other devices which may be useful in medical environments and many of our scales have weight-based functions which make them so much more than “just scales”.
We have a number of BMI and body fat calculating scales. Some of these take a simple height and weight measurement. However, we also have balances which use electrical conductivity to calculate the body fat percentage of the person on the scales.
We also offer competitive service and repair contracts.
What About Servicing, Calibration and Repair?
We offer a range of competitive service contracts. These service plans ensure that your institution’s scales are always accurate and always online. We have multiple service levels so that you can choose the plan that meets your needs.
Our most comprehensive package offers two annual service visits for calibration and routine maintenance, as well as call out and spare parts being included (All Inclusive Package). We understand that emergencies happen, even when you’re prepared, so included call out and spare part fees will give you that peace of mind to know they will always be operational.