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On 26 March 2018 a national group of clinical staff, procurement specialists, and academics joined D4D in Sheffield for a workshop around developing a ‘better’ female urinal.
Funding to support this workshop had been awarded by the EPSRC following D4D’s presentation of the challenges associated with developing a female urinal at an EPSRC Hive Challenge event in November 2017.
There is a great clinical need for improved female urinals to help women effectively and discretely manage incontinence, without having to rely on carers and without having to routinely manage leaks from continence devices. The clinical need for better options was discussed at length, and existing devices were critiqued; a list of protential solutions was prepared.
We now hope to capitalise on these conversations, and are exploring opportunities and funding sources for further product development.
NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative
STH NHS Foundation Trust
i100, Department of Medical Physics
Royal Hallamshire Hospital