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Healthcare award for medical device manufacturer

Vernacare : 21 March, 2014  (Company News)
Manufacturer of medical hygiene devices has reached the finals of Medilink UK awards for innovation in healthcare
Healthcare award for medical device manufacturer


Vernacare is a finalist in the  Medilink UK Awards  for  Partnership Working with the NHS - having won the North West regional final in December 2013.



"We are honoured to have an opportunity to compete with the UK's most innovative businesses in the national awards", said Emma Sheldon, Marketing Director for Vernacare. "We must pay tribute to the support of NHS Trusts in helping us to develop and bring to market our pioneering new VernaFem disposable female urinal, which is improving continence care for immobile patients. The product offers a safer, more dignified, cost and time-saving method of toileting - providing a real alternative to catheterisation, bedpans and pads."



Vernacare's product development partnership with the NHS involved  testing the prototype at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust's advanced Lancashire Simulation Centre, which provided a realistic clinical environment. Other Trusts,  including Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Southport & Ormskirk,  Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, also helped to develop VernaFem during its  specification phase and to assist with extensive patient and staff evaluation prior to market launch.



As a single-use pulp product VernaFem helps prevent cross infection, increasing patient safety and helping to reduce the spiralling cost of healthcare acquired infections. Its  ergonomic design empowers patients to toilet themselves with little or no assistance from healthcare staff.



The female urinal is made from recycled newspaper at Vernacare's UK production facility.  As such, it can be disposed of sustainably using pulp disposal units, also manufactured by Vernacare. By using this hygienic disposal method, hospitals can also improve their environmental performance since, after use the pulp breaks down into a fine watery slurry that is discharged in the waste water.



The Medilink UK Awards national final takes place at The Med-Tech Innovation Expo on 2 April 2014.


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