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There are 7 models of Vicair Academy to choose from depending on the users exact personal requirements however they all share the same design concept.
The Academy Twin is an entry level cushion and is ideal for general use. Divided into two sections, the rear compartment has fewer cells than the front in order to provide effective pressure and shear reduction. The Twin is available in 6 and 10cm heights. The Twin 10 is recommended for clients with severe body asymmetry.
The Vicair Academy cushions provide a unique combination of superior pressure re-distribution, comfort and optimal positioning, making it suitable for clients at 'Very High Risk'* of developing pressure ulcers. The cushions can be adjusted in cell density and customised to fit the client's contours, offering high quality postural support. The SoftCellsTM provide a dynamic seating surface that can be adjusted to accommodate a range of postural asymmetries.
Each cushion offers a unique and innovative approach to body support. Each cushion contains hundreds of SoftCellsTM which are small air filled, pyramid shaped cells contained in strategically placed compartments. These flexible, fabric coated cells have a low friction level when in contact with each other and continuously adapt and conform to the body’s contours.
Optimal positioning and pressure reduction
With high levels of pressure reduction, the cushions still provide a comfortable surface with excellent stability and improved positioning. This makes the Academy range suitable for those at 'Very High Risk' of developing pressure ulcers.
Light weight and low maintenance
This innovative design results in a cushion range which is safe, easy to maintain and lightweight. There is no risk of the cushion deflating so if a SoftCellTM does get damaged, the single cell can be replaced rather than the entire cushion. As for maintenance, once the cushion has been adjusted to the clients needs, there is little staff intervention required with minimal disruption for the client, as daily checks are not necessary. This ultra lightweight cushion is easy to lift and transfer from chair to chair, making it ideal for active users.
Very lightweight design (0.4 to 1.2 kgs depending on model and size)
Suitable for those at very high risk
Max User Weight 39.5 stone (250 kg)
Bariatric model 78.7 kg (500 kg)
Outer cover washable at 60 degrees
7 models to choose from
We offer free courier delivery service on all orders over £100.00 ex VAT in the UK and Ireland (excluding Islands and Scottish Highlands*)
Deliveries to the Highlands and Islands are available but will require a separate quotation supplied by John Preston Healthcare Group.
These items will be delivered direct to you via a courier or groupage service. Larger items of equipment may be delivered on a pallet, you will then need to remove the item from its packaging and carry out any assembly of the item. We, of course can always be contacted for assistance on the phone to help you with this.
Please note this is a normally a roadside delivery service. Larger items will be delivered in a box on a pallet and the driver only delivers to the roadside, therefore you will need to be able to unpack the box or move it to your home. And you may require two people depending on the item you have bought.
Orders under £100.00 are subject to a local area delivery charge as follows:
Please note this is a Roadside delivery service. The Item will be delivered in a box on a pallet and the driver only delivers to the roadside, therefore you will need to be able to unpack the box or move it to your home. And you may require 2 people depending on the item you have bought.
This enhanced delivery option is fulfilled by our logistics partners Healthcare Distribution Direct, specialists in the white glove delivery and installation of healthcare equipment. Please note that this option will take longer than the standard delivery service due to availability of engineers in your area. Approximate expected delivery time for enhanced delivery will be around two weeks from the date of order but can be longer on occasion. It may also be delivered quicker if circumstances allow. Should you proceed with this option, one of our team will contact you to advise delivery date.
Enhanced Delivery & Installation includes;
This is ideal for those customers who require assistance with unpacking and assembling an item and for whom the standard kerbside delivery is not an option. We recommend this option for customers purchasing Mobility scooters particularly larger ones, Electric wheelchairs, electric profiling beds, electric riser recliner chairs, hoists and bath lifts. This service is available throughout the UK and Ireland excluding the Scottish Highlands and all Islands. The enhanced delivery option is not eligible for refund once the service has been fulfilled. If you have any questions about this service just call our helpful team on 028 92 67 70 77 and we will be delighted to help answer any questions that you have.
Enhanced delivery and installation service Rates
Some of our products will require installation by a qualified person such as a plumber, electrician or engineer. This includes the installation of Stairlifts, overhead track hoists, Biobidet toilet washers, level access shower trays and our range of bath tubs. Please contact us if you require this service as this is not included in any of the above options.
We offer a nationwide service in the UK and the Republic Of Ireland. Customers requiring delivery to areas outside these zones will be contacted as an alternative carriage charge will apply. We will always do our best to minimize such costs.
We aim to deliver within 7 working days items that we hold in stock. After placing your order, you will receive an e-mail advising the delivery date. Some specialised and large items such as certain powered chairs and riser recliner chairs can take up to 14 working days to deliver. If any item is out of stock at the time of ordering we will telephone and email you. You will have the option to wait, choose another product or to cancel your order.
You should inspect goods immediately on arrival and note any damage on the carrier’s delivery note before signing the delivery note and handing it to the driver. We also ask you to inform us of any damage within 24 hours of receipt of goods.
If it is not possible for you to inspect the goods before signing the carrier’s delivery note please mark the delivery note clearly with the word “unexamined”. Please then inspect the goods within 24 hours of receiving them and inform us about any damage within 24 hours.
We hope that the product you receive meets your requirements completely but in the unlikely event of wanting to return an item, the following information applies.
John Preston Healthcare offer a 14 Days (Calendar Days) cooling off period in which customers can inspect the goods and determine suitability. Your statutory rights are not affected.
To exercise this right you must download the Returns Request Form that can be downloaded here or at the bottom of this page. Please follow the instructions detailed within this form.
The goods must be returned at your cost within 14 days of the date of your notification to us that you wish to return the goods.
In all instances a completed returns form must accompany the goods and include your Authorised Returns Number that we will provide you with.
Where goods are manufactured to order, made to measure or bespoke for example bespoke riser recliner chairs, bespoke power chairs, made to measure wheelchairs, special needs buggies, these items cannot be returned.
We regret we cannot accept the return of any bath safety products, toilet seats, commodes, bathing slings, underwear or any made to order, bespoke products. Your statutory rights are not affected. Please contact us if you require any further information about returns.
All products must be returned complete, unused, in an undamaged state and in their original packaging where possible. If products are not returned in their original condition on return, John Preston Healthcare reserves the right to charge for repair or replacement of any product(s). This charge may include the cost of parts, materials, labour and any subsequent loss to John Preston & Co (Belfast).
Please note that where an enhanced delivery service has been used, delivery charges will not be refunded once delivery has been made.
You must return the item in undamaged and unused condition in the original packaging and ensure the item is packed securely in order to avoid damage during transit.
We will inspect the item promptly after its return to us and if the item is undamaged, you will receive a refund within 30 days.
Should there be any damage to the item caused by you or due to unsatisfactory packaging used by you, we reserve the right to charge for any replacement parts necessary to ensure goods are returned to as new condition. The cost of returning any unwanted but otherwise satisfactory items is entirely at your own expense.
Your statutory rights are not affected.
If you change your mind before your order have been dispatched, you can request a cancellation by calling 028 92 67 70 77 or by emailing [email protected] If the order has already been despatched & you are too late to request a cancellation, you may still request a return in accordance with the above returns procedure.
Any item that is made to order or bespoke in any way cannot be cancelled once your order has been placed.
In addition to your statutory rights, all products sold by us have a manufacturer’s warranty of a minimum of 12 months which covers the cost of replacement parts in the event of manufacturing or material faults. The cost of any labour is not included in any warranty and for customers requiring at home warranty service including labour provision should opt in for our Gold Service.
Where a part requires either replacement or repair the item (or part) is to be shipped back to source at the customers expense unless Gold service has been paid for at time of purchase. Warranties on scooters and wheelchairs do not cover serviceable or consumable items such as batteries, bulbs, worn or punctured tyres. Such items will be charged for separately. Please contact us for further details.
For certain products we can provide an annual service at an additional cost. Please contact us for further details if your purchase requires servicing or repair or you wish to arrange an annual service contract.
Should you encounter a problem with your purchase within the warranty period please contact us. We will require your purchase to be returned to us for inspection and any necessary repair.
All goods are purchased from us at the request of the purchaser. We cannot and do not offer medical or clinical advice. We offer guidance only about the functionality and the suitability of products based on the information you give us.
We want to provide you with the most suitable product for your needs.
We believe that selecting the correct product is of great importance. If you remain in any doubt as to the suitability of a product for your needs, we suggest that you seek the advice of a qualified Occupational Therapist or Health Professional before confirming your purchase.
All images shown on the site are for demonstration purposes only and may not necessarily show the actual product that you will receive. Please read the product description thoroughly as this will give the correct product details.
Your rights as a consumer are protected by the Consumer Rights Act (2015).
We are proud to be a member of the BHTA and have signed up to their code of practice along with happily participating in their complaints and mediation process if required.
Our Complaints Procedure is detailed below and should this process not satisfy you then you can contact the BHTA -click here for their website – and request mediation.
We will only sell goods that;
Are of a satisfactory quality. Goods must be of a standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory. Quality is a general term, which covers a number of matters including:
In assessing quality, all relevant circumstances will be considered, including price, description, and advertising that we commission.
Any goods will also;
be fit for a particular purpose. When a consumer indicates that goods are required for a particular purpose, or where it is obvious that goods are intended for a particular purpose and a trader supplies them to meet that requirement, the goods should be fit for that specified purpose, match the description, sample or model. When a consumer relies on a description, sample or display model the goods supplied must conform to it. If the goods do not conform, an offence may have been committed
be installed correctly, where installation has been agreed as part of the contract
What Are Your Consumer Rights?
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 says goods must be as described, fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. During the expected lifespan of your product you’re entitled to the following:
You do not have a legal right to a refund or replacement just because you change your mind. BUT… please ask us about our returns policy as we may be able to help in-store.
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 says:
The Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 say:
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Most of the equipment listed on our website comes with a 12 month manufacturer's warranty against manufacturing faults. Please refer to individual listings for specific manufacturer warranty information or call us on 028 92 67 70 77 if required. Should a fault develop within the manufacturer warranty period which is found to be as a result of a manufacturing defect, the manufacturer will supply replacement parts free of charge. Some manufacturers offer longer warranty terms and some offer less terms on specific consumables such as batteries. Wear and tear items and consumables are not covered by the manufacturers warranty. The manufacturer usually includes their warranty terms in their user manual. If in doubt please ask.
As standard, parts will be supplied under warranty free of charge but labour charges will apply if you are unable to replace the part yourself. Labour and call out charge information can be provided by phone on 028 92 67 70 77. We strongly advise all customers to retain the product packagaing so that it can be used if the product needs to be sent for repair at one of our Service Centres. Customers should also note that all efforts will be made to resolve any issues in a swift and efficient manner but we do not provide an emergency on-call service.
If you are considering buying an electric wheelchair, mobility scooter, electric rise and recline chair, bath lift, hoist or electric profiling beds then you may wish to consider taking out our optional 12 Months Enhanced Warranty Support. As manufacturers’ warranties do not in general include callouts and labour, we highly recommend our “12 Months Enhanced Warranty Support " which covers the cost of call outs and labour to diagnose faults and fit warranty parts for up to 3 call outs in year one. Should your product develop a fault we will always try to diagnose the problem by telephone to provide the quickest solution. If you opt in to the enhanced warranty support we will appoint a competent person to call out and fit parts under warranty and there would be no charge incurred for the call out and labour.
If you don’t opt in to this service, we can either dispatch the parts via courier for you to appoint your own fitter or we would offer to arrange a chargeable call out for an engineer to visit. This enhanced warranty option doesn’t cover the cost of call outs and labour to repair or fit parts not covered under warranty due to damage or customer misuse. In the event of non warranty parts requirements labour and call outs are chargeable at the standard rate.