We unveiled our newest innovation, the Vernacare Compact, our smallest machine which can either be integrated, floor-standing or wall-mounted depending on the amount of space available.
We released a more ergonomic and improved VernaFem following patient and clinician feedback. We introduced a new maxi washbowl to the market, as well as a new VernaChair Commode, now incorporating a shower seat.
We launched the Vortex+ with a capacity for 4 pulp products, and a cycle time of just two minutes. It continued to feature our unique SmartFlow™ know-how and included our new contact-less technology to minimise cross-infection.
The first ever disposable female urinal, VernaFem was released to the market and was well-received by healthcare professionals and patients alike.
Working closely with clinicians in multiple countries, we developed and launched a new ergonomic bedpan and fully disposable support, furthering our commitment to improve standards of patient and staff safety.
Our detergent-proof Washbowl received the Queen's Award for Enterprise, and the award still proudly hangs on the wall at Vernacare Headquarters in Bolton.
The Tuffie 5 Flexi can was launched, using innovative flexible packaging which reduced packaging by up to 70%.
Following extensive research and development, working together with clinicians, we a launched the Vortex macerator with its unique SmartFlow™ technology.
We launched the first ever detergent-proof washbowl, allowing patients to be bathed without the risk of cross-contamination.
We firmly established ourselves as a truly multinational company selling a wide range of medical products and services with more than 1,400 employees.
We released our first commode chair, allowing patients to make the transition from their bed in a safe manner.
We launched the V2020 macerator.
We entered the Australian market and began our long standing relationship with healthcare facilities in this market, through our distributor partnership with EBOS Healthcare.
The company changed its trading name from Vernaid to its current name, Vernacare.
Vernaid set up an office in Toronto to cater to the Canadian and USA markets.
The factory moved to Folds Road Bolton (where we still are now), and then the office staff moved across in 1991. A brand new factory was built with raw materials stored at one end, and the finished products at the other. We also had a brand new in-house production process designed and installed. Our bottle pressure moulding machines were replaced with more efficient vacuum moulding machines.
We launched the V750 macerator, named due to its 750 watt motor. It quickly became a firm favourite with hospitals, with some still in operation today!
To reflect the needs of the market, we developed and launched a larger 900ml male urine bottle.
Vernon & Co were innovators. They had developed a product that ticked all of the boxes of a 21st-century healthcare facility, with their products being environmentally friendly, cost-effective, preventing cross-infection in hospitals, saving time and improving staff morale. Ken Mills, with the backing of Vernon Carus, bought the moulding plant, and began producing products under the Vernaid brand name (a Vernon Carus trademark).
Our story began back in 1961, when Vernon & Co began to develop disposable hospital products. We were based at The Egyptian Mill in Bolton which originally dated back to 1851. All of our medical pulp moulding took place in The Egyptian Mill throughout the early 1960s. We made urine bottles, bedpans, and bedpan covers.