Mark Moran inventor of The Hydrant named as MBE on the Queens Birthday Honours list
There’s an MBE for Mark Moran, inventor of the Hydrant Drinking System, for services to innovation.
The 54-year-old, from Clifton, pictured below, is responsible for developing and distributing the unique hands-free drinking system called The Hydrant, which reduces dehydration in hospital patients, care home residents and people in care at home.
Mark lived with limited movement for months, following surgery on his back in 2005. He noticed how difficult it was to get enough to drink, with the jug and glass by his bed either empty or impossible to reach, lift and hold. He was unable to drink without assistance and was at risk of dehydration.
Most hospitals in the UK now use his product, which received the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2013.
“To receive that award was incredible, but to get the MBE really is something else,” he said. “It’s recognition of what we have achieved and what I’ve been through over the last decade. I could have just carried on in a well-paid corporate job, and would have been able to retire by now, but I chose to focus on this because I knew it would do a lot of good for a lot of people.
“It’s saved countless patients from dehydration and saved the NHS millions in the process. We have not made a fortune from it commercially – at least, not yet – but it’s great to know how something so relatively simple has changed people’s lives.”
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation, 2013
In April 2013, Hydrate For Health (makers of ‘the Hydrant’) received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in the Innovation category. This is the UK’s highest accolade for business success in Innovation and was awarded in recognition of the impact of this unique product across the healthcare system. The Hydrant is used by many thousands of people in hospitals, care homes and at home and is delivering proven improvement in the quality of life. It is already saving NHS hospitals money and has the potential to save £millions more by preventing admissions of people with dehydration and shortening hospital stays by ensuring patients are always adequately hydrated.
Patient Experience Network National Awards 2012
Hydrate for Health were a ‘Finalist for Personalisation of Care’
Medilink UK Healthcare Business Awards 2012
Hydrate for Health were ‘Runner Up, Partnership with the NHS’
iNETS Southwest Biomedical Innovation Award 2011
Hydrate for Health won the award for ‘Partnership with the NHS’
Nursing Times Product Awards 2010
Hydrate for Health won the silver award for ‘Dignity and Daily Living’
Hydrate for Health won ‘New Product of the Year 2008