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Boots UK wins ‘Innovation in Healthcare’ award at the MVP Awards

06 November 2019
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Boots UK received the ‘Innovation in Healthcare’ category at the Most Valuable Product (MPV) Awards for its Boots Cystitis Test and Treat Service, released in conjunction with smartphone urinalysis company

Following a successful pilot scheme in London and Sheffield, the Cystitis Test and Treat Service was rolled out to almost 300 stores across the UK earlier this year.

The innovative private service includes a urine self-testing kit and an app, which turns a smartphone camera into a clinical grade analyser (compatible smartphone required), to help customers quickly test for a possible urinary tract infection (UTI) from the comfort of their own homesand receive the right type of treatment for their symptoms.

Asif Aziz, Director of Services and Pharmacy Operations, Jyoti Bakshi, Head of Pharmacy Experience for London and Airports Division at Boots UK and Sarv Khunkhuna from the Healthcare Innovation Platform team, WBA attended the award ceremony, held annually by Training Matters magazine and Pharmacy magazine.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023