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Medical hygiene company takes NHS partnership award

Vernacare : 10 December, 2013  (Company News)
VernaCare has taken the Medilink Award for its work in partnership with the UK's National Health Service
Medical hygiene company takes NHS partnership award


Medical  products innovator and manufacturer Vernacare has won the North West Medilink Award for Partnership Working with the NHS.



The prestigious award recognises Vernacare's successful collaboration with the NHS in developing its new VernaFem disposable female urinal. The product has improved female continence care for immobile patients. It offers a safer, more dignified, cost and time-saving method of toileting.



Judges were seeking a company that had worked in partnership with NHS Trusts to improve both business performance and patient care. Vernacare, whose global headquarters, R&D and manufacturing facility, is based in Bolton, Lancashire,  was also shortlisted in the Outstanding Achievement award category.



Prototypes of VernaFem were tested 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, have also been key partners. They helped to conceive the product during the specification phase and to assist with extensive patient and staff evaluation prior to market launch.



The new eco-friendly product is providing an alternative to catheterisation and other continence care options, such as bedpans and pads, for immobile female patients.



VernaFem's ergonomic design empowers patients to toilet themselves with little or no assistance from healthcare staff, helping to increase dignity, confidence and self esteem. As a single-use product, it increases patient safety and helps tackle the spiralling cost of healthcare acquired infections



The urinal has a wide base for stability and to maximise capacity.  Its wide opening minimises spillage and has a curved lip, which moulds to the female form for easier positioning and comfort.



Medilink’s Chief Executive, Kevin Kiely, said: “Companies such as Vernacare confirm the North West’s reputation for developing and encouraging highly-innovative healthcare technology businesses. Vernacare were deserving winners of the award and we look forward to them representing the North West at the national Medilink UK Awards in April 2014.”



Emma Sheldon,  Global Marketing Director for Vernacare, said: "We are grateful to NHS Trusts for their invaluable support in helping us to develop and perfect VernaFem. This award is a tribute to our joint approach in  creating and bringing to market next generation medical products that can make such a big difference to patient care. We are committed to strengthening this valuable partnership in bringing forward new and innovative products in our development pipeline."



This accolade follows Vernacare's recent success in winning  the Innovation Clinical Award in the Excellence in Supply Awards 2013 - for VernaFem.



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 urinals disintegrate into minute fragments that  wash away down the drains using a cold water process.


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