Spire Healthcare has installed Vernacare’s innovative new infection prevention technology at its newly refurbished extended recovery unit at Spire Norwich Hospital.

Hospital overview


Country: United Kingdom


Solution: Compact


Key Issue(s): Infection Prevention, Space optimisation 



Located right outside the city of Norwich, Spire Norwich Hospital provides patients from all over the UK with a high standard of clinical and personal care. The private hospital is using the new Vernacare Compact single-use toileting and cleansing waste disposal system to ensure the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness for patients and staff.

The Compact is the smallest macerator disposal unit on the market, so was the ideal space-saving solution for the new two-bed unit.


The solution

The Compact is designed to take one pulp single-use container per cycle and is designed for use at the point of care, to ensure swift and hygienic disposal of each container immediately after patient use. It is ideal for use in patient bathrooms and isolation rooms.

It features Vernacare’s SmartFlowTM maceration technology, which keeps drains flowing by ensuring that miniscule waste particles from the pulp are only flushed to drain once maximum water dispersion has been achieved.

The Compact is a safer and more sustainable alternative to traditional plastic ‘wash and re-use’ toileting methods. Our single-use system prevents the cross-infection risk when re-using plastic containers and provides greater dignity for patients and staff.


Phil Pollen, Engineering Manager for Spire NorwichHospital , said: “We use few pulp urinals and bedpans on the unit, so the small-sized Compact is ideal and takes up little space in the sluice room. The system operates via a handsfree ultrasonic foot sensor and starts automatically once the lid closes, so it’s brilliant from an infection prevention point of view. Most of our patients use en-suite bathroom facilities, but for immobile patients on four other higher dependency areas, we have Vernacare’s larger Vortex macerators, which operate reliably.”

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