Forte Medical Forum 2018 – Final Line-Up Confirmed

01st September 2018


11th September 2018
at the Royal College of Physicians, London

Despite mounting evidence to support the need for a respected protocol, incumbent methods are failing modern medicine, patient health and the work of diligent clinicians.  With the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP highlighting ‘Prevention’ and ‘Technology’ as two of his three priorities – it’s particularly poignant this year’s Forte Medical Forum asks:  why are basic diagnostic urine processes persistently overlooked by those that shape health policy?

Looking at the antenatal sector new clinical research will be unveiled demonstrating improved outcomes through the use of a gold standard urine collection process followed by insights into the impact of AMR in this vulnerable and currently, much discussed area of healthcare.

The future of preventative care and infection control will be investigated looking at the implications of good and bad urine specimen to microbiology and updates will be shared on the role of innovation and technology in advancing healthcare and patient safety.

Chaired by Ashley Yeo, Principal Analyst at IBI Informa, speakers and panelists include:

  • Dr Mark Wilks, Clinical Scientist and Principal Microbiologist, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Piers Ricketts, CEO, Eastern AHSN
  • Dr Nina Wilson, Primary Care
  • Sylvia Bone, Clinical Lead Midwife – MDAU/ANC, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust,
  • Louise de Winter, CEO, The Urology Foundation
  • Heidi Eldridge, CEO and Founder, MAMA Academy
  • Susannah Fraser, Bladder Health UK
  • Alison Taylor, CUTIC

Some key stats:

  • 47% of Gram-negative blood infections are caused by Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) 
  • 22.5% of urine specimens delivered nationally every year are unreliable  
  • 14.6m patients cannot be diagnosed or treated from their urine specimen annually

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