Touchstone Medical announces launch of the Orchid, innovative new disposable gynaecology speculum

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Touchstone Medical, a specialist supplier of medical products to the gynaecology healthcare sector, is pleased to announce the launch of the Orchid, an innovative new disposable gynaecology speculum to the UK market.

With the ongoing debate within the medical community regarding reusable versus single use vaginal speculums, the Orchid looks set to provide a high quality, cost effective and environmentally friendly product innovation.

The white plastic is recyclable, reducing waste and saving organisations up to 50% on cost per unit. Given that the cervical screening programme tests 3.5million patients in the UK per year1, this product has the potential for significant savings.

The production and disposal of all Orchid Speculums have a less negative environmental impact than the sterilisation of reusable metal speculums. Staff will also no longer have to complete the process of cleaning and disinfecting devices, giving them more time to focus on care and follow-up discussions.

Touchstone Medical plans to focus on two main clinical areas – colposcopy units and primary care. The Orchid, which has been trialled within UK clinics, has already been well received throughout Europe, with 43% of Dutch hospitals currently using the product.

Darren Neil, Managing Director at Touchstone Medical comments: “The Orchid has exceptionally high manufacturing and design qualities, making this a safe, efficient and accurate choice for clinical settings. With the success that the Orchid has already achieved throughout Europe, we are excited to be able to share it with the UK market. As a company committed to understanding the needs of patients we are constantly researching and developing ways of diversifying and expanding our product range, and bringing the Orchid on board into our portfolio complements this perfectly. The Orchid meets our three main aims to provide exceptional care, advance technology and medical excellence.”

Touchstone Medical strives to provide only the best healthcare products to the UK market and adding the Orchid to their portfolio is a natural step. Material used for the Orchid speculum has been developed in close collaboration with leading Dutch Hospitals to help improve patient comfort. Made with a superior strength white plastic, the Orchid has no sharp edges and is designed to minimalise risks of breakages, eliminate pinching and reduce the risk of discomfort from cold instruments.

Keeping patient comfort in mind, the Orchid range has been extended to 4 different sizes to fit patient body structure. The beak of the Orchid Spec features inwardly folded edges, allowing for a larger radius on its outer edges. This reduces friction against vaginal tissue and supports the cervix, thus improving functionality. Each single-use device comes pre-sterilised, reducing the risks of cross-contamination.

One of Touchstone Medical’s aims as a health provider is to reduce procedure time through innovation. Whereas the majority of common speculums require two hands for operation and locking, the Orchid’s innovative design allows fast, single handed use with a one thumb movement for locking and releasing. The simplified procedure is designed to shorten the process for specialist and reduce hassle for clinic. A unique smoke tube version does not obstruct the channel, giving an enhanced viewing advantage.

For further information or to arrange a free sample please visit or email [email protected]

About Touchstone Medical:

Touchstone Medical is a specialist supplier of medical products to the gynaecology healthcare sector. Their mission is to source, supply and support the best products from major global medical manufacturers around the world for the UK market. Niche areas are colposcopy, gynaecology and endoscopy. Touchstone Medical cater for a wide range of products into the gynaecology market, including the multi award winning medi-matic© gynaecology couch, high resolution and full HD endoscopic imaging systems, a wide spectrum of GIMMI® instruments for gynaecology surgeons, and the latest GIMMI® AlphaMultistore™ patient information and imaging system with full hospital network integration.



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