Harrogate District Hospital adopts VernaFem female urinal to improve patient safety, comfort and dignity.

“This provides more privacy and dignity for patients and also releases nursing time for other elements of care.”


Country: UK


Solution: VernaFem Female Urinal


Key Issue(s): Infection prevention, nurse productivity, patient safety and dignity


Hospital overview


Harrogate District Hospital is part of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. The Hospital boasts low waiting times, a newly renovated, state-of-the-art maternity suite and is home to the £9 million Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre.




Harrogate District Hospital were looking for improvements in continence care for female patients, in particular alternatives to catheterisation for post-operative patients. As such they decided to trial Vernacare’s award-winning VernaFem female urinal. The VernaFem was trialled on the hospital’s Nidderdale female general surgery, gynaecology, urology and gastroenterology ward.




Following the trial, the hospital then introduced the VernaFem across the facility. As a single-use product, the VernaFem is a safe and hygienic method that can reduce the risk and cost associated with healthcare acquired infections, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs).


The product’s wide base increases stability and capacity, combined with a wide opening to reduce spillage. Its curved design moulds to the female body for ease and comfort in a range of positions - making it easy to use independently, or with minimal nursing assistance. Using the VernaFem can be liberating for those females who are unable to get out of bed to use a commode or toilet, helping increase their confidence and self-esteem.




Jennie Foster, Senior Ward Sister, said: “We were keen to trial the VernaFem to assess its benefits in improving patient comfort and dignity, as well as in reducing the need to use catheters and slipper pans.


“Gynaecological surgical patients are being offered the VernaFem within an hour of returning to the ward, which means that some patients are able to toilet themselves without any assistance from nurses. This provides more privacy and dignity for patients and also releases nursing time for other elements of care.”


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