“When asked what would make a difference for them and their patients, one of the things that GPs, care home carers and nurses often mention is that they’d like to be able to accurately diagnose urinary tract infections at the point of care, and give the right treatments right away, rather than treat with broad spectrum antibiotics, send away a sample and wait for the lab results, before potentially changing to a more appropriate treatment. We are responding to this need by working on a device that we hope will help with this situation.”
Dr Nicola Morris
Bristol Urological Institute
We don’t just receive enquiries about unmet needs from patients; we are often contacted by healthcare professionals who are caring for patients, such as doctors, clinical scientists, nurses, physiotherapists, and professional carers. Healthcare staff sometimes contact us on behalf of patients, and sometimes contact us because they have identified a need for themselves, as they are also users of technologies as part of their clinical practice.
Our projects are based within or tightly linked to health services, whether in the community with GP’s, in hospitals, or in people’s homes. For a healthcare technology to be successful it is vital that its development takes place within the context of the complex existing clinical and administrative practices and services, data systems, management and purchasing routes. For this reason our projects routinely involve or are led by staff working across many health and care delivery specialties.
If you are interested in exploring how D4D works in partnership with clinicians you may like to read some of our project case studies:
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