Whilst studying on Kingston Univerisity’s nursing programme, Neomi identified a difficulty in applying the stockings used to treat and prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Neomi solved this problem with Neo-slip®, an innovative and practical product that aids application of hospital and flight stockings. Neo-slip is going from strength to strength, having won 10 awards and being available in NHS hospitals, privately and in nursing homes. It’s now trademarked, patented, and pending international sales in USA, Canada and Ireland.
“I came up with the idea while I was on a placement in the community and saw a patient and relative struggling to put on anti-embolism stockings,” Neomi explained. “Patients are often left to their own devices – one woman was so afraid to ask a nurse how to get the stockings on that she ended up using them as curtain ties. That seemed terrible because the stockings can be a life-saver.”
Demand for Neo-slip® is at an all-time high because currently 25,000 people die each year in the United Kingdom of preventable DVT. Having won 14 awards (including Nursing Times, Lloyds TSB, Smarta100 and National Patient safety) she recently exhibited Neo-slip in Taiwan and Austria and in addition, she received an invite to meet Brazilian health secretaries at Kensington palace. Noemi will be exhibiting at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) conference at NEC Birmingham on 25th of March 2014.
“Leaving school without qualifications meant I wasn’t very confident academically so I had to take lots of small steps to become a registered nurse but Kingston and St George’s have been really supportive,” she said. “It’s been a challenge but it’s been the best thing for me, and it’s inspired my children.” Neomi said she hoped her children Tashan, 20, Meshack, 16, and Indiyah, 8, would follow her in going on to higher education. Indiyah was now a bookworm, she said, after taking books out of the university’s children’s library when she accompanied her to study sessions.
She added: “I’d like to inspire other people to go to university, especially those that didn’t do well at school. It takes courage but you have to just take that jump and go for it and, if necessary, take it in small stages – you’ll get there in the end.”
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