Urinary Tract Infections: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 16th April 2021.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of intermittent self-catheterisation with single use catheters on the level of hospital admissions in England for urinary tract infections; and what steps they are taking to ensure that patients with urinary continence challenges have access to single use catheters.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

No such assessment has been made. However, the National Institute of Health Research is funding a study to determine whether using a mixture of re-usable and single-use catheters is as safe and acceptable for intermittent catheterisation as using only single-use catheters.

We are not currently taking any specific steps to ensure patients have access to single use catheters. The decision of which device should be offered to patients remains a clinical one.

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