About AYMES

Innovative Nutritional Supplements to Manage Malnutrition

AYMES International Ltd was established in 2008 with the goal of bringing a fresh and innovative approach to delivering delicious and cost-effective oral nutritional supplements and clinical nutritional products that support malnourished patients and those at risk of malnutrition.

Just like you, we love what we do, and nothing is someone else's problem. 

We are a team of professionals who together have over 100 years of experience working in Medical Nutrition between us. Because we are independent and make decisions about budgets for ourselves, we can offer a flexible approach to all of our customers and tailor our services to suit your needs and the needs of your patients.
 
With the NHS under increasing financial pressure, AYMES is a welcome addition to the oral nutritional supplement prescription market.  AYMES provides a fresh approach to cost-effective prescribing of supplements within the NHS, helping NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups to reduce costs and save money.

We do this by:

  • Formulating great-tasting nutritional products that patients enjoy, improving compliance and reducing wastage
  • Always being the most competitively priced nutritional supplement supplier in the community
  • Delivering a responsive service that supports both NHS healthcare professionals and patients

We provide high-quality, innovative nutritional supplements and medical nutrition products with the added benefit of our Price Pledge: to always be the most cost-effective nutritional supplement supplier in the community. We do this by price matching against market leaders in the UK.  Our nutritional product range is available without the need for discussion around contracts, as prices are fixed by the listed tariff price.

The significant cost savings made by switching to AYMES nutritional supplements include more than just the tariff price. It also includes a multitude of added extras, which help save the NHS money and reduce costs. Please see our Resources Section for more details. 


Tackling Costly Malnutrition

When patients are unable to meet their nutritional requirements through food alone, oral nutritional supplements are prescribed for the dietary management of malnutrition if they are: 

  • At high risk of developing malnutrition
  • Already malnourished as a result of an underlying disease

People suffering from malnutrition are admitted to hospital more often, have longer hospital stays, visit their GP more frequently and are more prone to infections. 1

Malnutrition is a common problem with 30% of adults found to be affected on admission to hospital and 35% of adults affected when admitted to care homes. 2

In November 2015, the National Institute for Health Research Southampton Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Southampton BRC) and the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) published a report that estimated that the cost of malnutrition in England was £19.6 billion in 2011-2012.2

This figure is set to increase as the population ages and the cost of health and social care rises. This new figure of £19.6billion is nearly 50% higher compared with the £13 billion reported in 2007. 2

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that improving the treatment of malnutrition has the third highest potential to deliver cost savings to the NHS. 3

BAPEN also found that implementing the NICE clinical guidelines to treat malnutrition, including oral nutrition supplements (ONS) in hospital and community settings, were found to lead to greater cost savings than those reported by NICE. 2,3 

At AYMES, we believe that managing malnutrition and supporting people at risk of malnutrition makes good sense for the health and social care system in the UK and that’s why we are passionate about delivering our products and services.


AYMES Pledges To Support Older Adults and Vulnerable People

At AYMES, we realise that older adults are often the most vulnerable and suffer from malnutrition. With this in mind, we believe that we have a moral duty to keep the patient at the heart of everything AYMES does, and therefore we pledge to give 5% of our profits to support good causes in the UK so that they can make a difference to the communities and the vulnerable and older adults they support.


Innovative Nutritional Supplements to Manage Malnutrition

AYMES Shake

In 2013 we launched our first nutritional supplement AYMES Shake, a nutritionally balanced milkshake-style sip feed that at the time was 50% cheaper than the most commonly prescribed oral nutritional supplements. AYMES Shake is still highly cost-effective and delivers substantial savings for NHS prescribing budgets compared to other brands on the market.

For more information about AYMES Shake please click here.

AYMES Savoury

In 2016 we launched a savoury alternative to our sweet Shake range, and have recently rebranded this as AYMES Savoury. This great-tasting, soup-style supplement is nutritionally balanced and highly cost-effective compared to other leading brands on the market.

AYMES Complete

AYMES Complete is our ready-to-drink milkshake-style supplement, for the management of disease-related malnutrition. It is presented in 200ml bottles and priced so that it is cost-effective in the arena of ready-to-drink supplements available on prescription. Switching to AYMES Complete could provide further significant cost reductions for the NHS prescribing budget.

For more information about AYMES Complete please click here

AYMES 2.0kCal

At the end of 2017 we launched AYMES 2.0kCal, a high-calorie alternative to AYMES Complete, with 400 calories per 200ml bottle. So patients with low appetites who require a little extra nourishment can get what they need without having to consume more.

For more information about AYMES 2.0kCal please click here

AYMES Creme

AYMES Creme is our new ready-to-eat, dessert-style supplement. With 91% patient compliance, this great-tasting supplement is a perfect solution for patients who want a more food-like supplement.

For more information about AYMES Creme please click here.

AYMES Shake Extra

AYMES Shake Extra is a high-volume, high-energy supplement and the only product of it’s kind to contain a full range of micro-nutrients.

For more information about AYMES Shake Extra click here.

AYMES Shake Compact

We have recently launched AYMES Shake Compact – the only ACBS approved compact powder currently on the market – helping patients to get the nourishment they need in a lower volume.

For more information about AYMES Shake Extra click here.

 

References:
1. Brotherton A, Simmonds N, Stroud M on behalf of the BAPEN Quality Group (2010). A Toolkit for Commissioners and Providers in England. Malnutrition Matters Meeting Quality Standards in Nutritional Care. BAPEN.http://www.bapen.org.uk/pdfs/toolkit-for-commissioners.pdf
2. The cost of malnutrition in England and potential cost savings from nutritional interventions (short version) (2015). http://www.bapen.org.uk/pdfs/economic-report-short.pdf
3. London Procurement Partnership. Oral Nutritional Supplements. Accessed online: http://www.lpp.nhs.uk/page.asp?fldArea=12&fldMenu=10&fldSubMenu=0&fldKey=194 (June 2013).
4. Per serving; AYMES Shake is 50% cheaper than Fortisip Bottle, and 50% cheaper than Ensure Plus. Prices taken from MIMS June 2016. Prices for AYMES Shake and Complan Shake exclude the cost of milk. Price comparisons made in reference to the community.
5. Based 100 patients receiving 2 servings per day for a year, at product list price when compared with Fortisip Bottle. Savings exclude the cost of milk.