UTI: lack of urine collection protocol leads to female health misery

“Urine testing is an area of increasing importance in the medical diagnosis of common conditions such as Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and antenatal screening for healthy pregnancies,” says Giovanna Forte, CEO of Forte Medical. “Yet there is no protocol for its collection, leading to inaccurate diagnoses and treatment as well as untold misery for millions of women every day.”

Read our Women’s Health Briefing for a detailed look at the issues behind untreated UTI in Primary Care and antenatal settings.


Government calls on women to spill the beans on female health issues.

Forte Medical is routinely contacted by women whose UTI issues are left untreated or ignored by their GP. They describe being prescribed broad spectrum antibiotics that don’t work, followed by repeat prescriptions given without a specimen culture to identify the problem. Shockingly many are told the problem is “in your head” … the time has come to speak out. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-call-for-evidence-to-improve-health-and-wellbeing-of-women-in-england

Giovanna Forte elected joint VP, British Association of Women Entrepreneurs

The British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE) announced this week the election of Giovanna Forte as joint Vice President with fellow female founder Hellen Ward. “Giovanna is an #innovator, #inventor, successful #marketeer, #entrepreneur and a ‘getting things done’ person.” said Rachel Cappuccini, spokesperson for BAWE. Giovanna is delighted to have accepted the role and looks forward to working with Hellen and colleagues in the interests of enterprising women everywhere.

MedTech20: Gordon Andersen interviews Giovanna Forte

Healthcare innovation, prevention and why the most common diagnostic process is overlooked. Gordon Andersen of AG Executive Selection and Search interviews Giovanna Forte. Watch here:

Entrepreneur interview live on LinkedIn with Amanda Thomson

Giovanna Forte was pleased and proud to be Amanda Thomson’s first guest on her new Interviews with Entrepreneurs on LinkedIn Live. Click here to listen to the 20 minute conversation.


Forte on FemTech opportunity at MedTech Integrates

Femtech: Innovation and Opportunity was one of the highlights of the inaugural MedTech Integrates. Chaired by Economic Development Consultant Linda di Mario, taking in the impact of overlooked female healthcare to the economy and more, FemTech provided lively debate. Taking part were Giovanna Forte, Karen Taylor the Deloitte Centre for Health Solutions, Elena Mustatea of Bold Health and Angela Hobbs of Wilkinson Hall. Read all about it here.

USA: Patients can buy Peezy Midstream directly

Owen Mumford Inc, our Sales and Distribution partner has met growing demand from patients for direct access to Peezy Midstream. The evidence-based, gold standard urine collection kit is now available to patients through Total Diabetes Care.

“I wish Peezy was an NHS standard.”

I am 30 weeks pregnant and have used Peezy Midstream to collect my urine samples. As I get bigger I really appreciate how easy it is to use compared to the usual cardboard bowl. I wish the NHS provided Peezy Midstream as an antenatal standard.” Cordelia McKinley, Northern Ireland.


Cleancatch urine: crucial for an accurate UTI test.

LiveUTIFree, a US patient advocacy group for urological health has published a candid article about the diagnostic process for UTI.

The elusive cleancatch sample is essential for accurate diagnosis, yet is often overlooked.

Read why they believe Peezy Midstream is the answer to more diligent urological diagnoses.

Cleancatch urine: crucial for an accurate UTI test.