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Forte Medical has been working to introduce an accurate, hygienic and dignified solution to an often overlooked area of basic medicine, the collection of urine samples, for the past ten years.

Imagine if blood specimens were delivered to the laboratory with mixed growth rates ranging from 0.38% to over 70%. Unlike blood specimen collection, there is no protocol for the collection of urine and this disparity in specimen quality is a reality across today’s NHS.

Like blood, urine is used for diagnosis and treatment that saves lives. Yet in this basic area of medicine, where 65 million urine specimens are analysed annually in the UK, high numbers of unreliable specimens are wasting money and jeopardising the health of the nation.

Co-founded by Giovanna Forte FRSA and her GP brother, Dr Vincent Forte, Forte Medical is the leading designer of specimen collection systems that make right-first-time analysis, diagnosis and treatment implicit to routine medicine.

As part of Urology Awareness Month this September, Forte Medical will be hosting a forum discussion event at the Royal Society of Medicine, with the support and participation of The Urology Foundation, Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) and the South East Health Technologies Alliance (SEHTA). The event will aim to address the needs and incite debate around the adoption of improved collection processes.

Chaired by Dr Dawn Harper with an introduction from Louise de Winter, Chief Executive of The Urology Foundation, the Forum includes presentations by:

  •  Linda Collins, BSc MSc RN, Whittington Health NHS Trust, on the outcome of a three year, randomized, single blind comparative study on urine sampling methods
  • Professor Frank Chinegwundoh MBE, Barts and The Royal London NHS Trust, on Quality Improvement Audit results around diligent specimen collection, associated hygiene and what improvements mean for clinician and patient
  • Professor James Barlow, Professor of Technology and Innovation Management (Healthcare), Imperial College Business School, on how innovation can transform health outcomes, with implicit cost and efficiency savings

There will also be a discussion panel with the above participants and other key opinion-formers in health and patient care, followed by audience Q&As.

The event will be held:

Tuesday 13 September 2016 – 9.30 am to 12.30 pm at the Royal Society of Medicine

Places are limited so please book by contacting:
Nicola Hyde +44 (0)7801 187757


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