HRH The Duke of Kent visits Buckinghamshire to present local healthcare company with prestigious Queens Award for Innovation for their pioneering product
HRH The Duke of Kent visited Buckinghamshire yesterday [Tuesday 4th December] to present Great Missenden-based Trio Healthcare with the prestigious Queens Award for Innovation for their unique product, a Trio Responsive Silicone, which surrounds an abdominal stoma comfortably and securely, vastly improving the lives of ostomates.
Abdominal stomas, which are surgically created intestinal openings, can result in leakage and skin damage – negatively effecting the social life and wellbeing of ostomates.
Trio Healthcare is dedicated to improving the lives of ostomates across the world. The innovative healthcare company noticed a gap in the market for ostomates who were suffering from embarrassing leakage and unnecessary damage to their skin from abdominal stomas – surgically created intestinal openings, dramatically impacting their social life and wellbeing.
The Duke of Kent, presented the Queens Award in the Innovation Category to Managing Director of Trio Healthcare, Lloyd Pearce.
His Royal Highness discussed Trio’s pioneering technology with the Trio Healthcare team and spoke with ostomates, whose lives have been transformed thanks to Trio’s revolutionary work.
The Duke of Kent said: “I am delighted to be in Buckinghamshire to present Trio Healthcare with the Queens Award for Innovation. Their dedication to healthcare innovation is improving the lives of ostomates everywhere – they are very worthy winners.”
One of the ostomates, Peter Lannen, shared how he set up a support group called Ostofriends after funding for stoma nurses in his area was cut. He also helps other ostomates to adapt to life with a stoma.
Diana Faires, spoke about her vision – how she believes her stoma has made her who she is today and the importance of ostomates talking about their experiences.
Another ostomate, Alan Fox, who had his urostomy five years after being diagnosed with bladder cancer, told The Duke that Trio’s silicone seal “changed his life for the better”.
Bryan Jenkins, who has lived with his stoma for many years, spoke passionately about the incredible work Trio products do and shared how he even brings in treats for the hard-working staff.
Managing Director of Trio Healthcare, Lloyd Pearce said: “It is a huge honour to welcome The Duke of Kent to Trio Healthcare today. We are all so proud and delighted to be awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for our Trio Responsive Silicone.”
“It’s a very special day for Trio Healthcare as we welcome our Royal visitor to our Head Office. It’s an honour to receive this award for our contribution to the advancement of ostomy care.
“We are so proud knowing that our product is making a real difference to the lives of ostomates, who feel less socially anxious, now that bag leakage is no longer a concern.”
Jason Brannan, Director at Medilink North of England, of which Trio Healthcare is a member of added: “It’s amazing to watch the hard work of Trio being recognised on a national stage and by The Duke of Kent.
“The Trio team couldn’t be more passionate about improving the lives of ostomates, by preventing stoma leakage and skin damage to enhance their overall wellbeing.”
Trio Healthcare is based at Missenden Abbey, owned by Buckinghamshire New University and is passionate about developing ostomy care products to help people living with a stoma.