Melcare Manuka Honey Wound Gel

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SKU: MANUKAWNDGEL   /  GTIN: 9343345000122

Melcare's Manuka Wound Gel is a sterile antibacterial honey gel made from 80% Leptospermum sp. (Manuka) honey which is effective against bacteria commonly found in wounds.
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Melcare Manuka Honey Wound Gel consumer leaflet


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Melcare's Manuka Wound Gel is a sterile antibacterial honey gel made from Leptospermum sp. (Manuka) honey (80%) and a natural emollient for ease of application and patient comfort.

Antibacterial activity
In Vitro studies (George et al 2007) have shown that Leptospermum sp (Manuka) honey is effective against bacteria commonly found in wounds including:

  • Multiresistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • Multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VanA, VanB, VanC)
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • ESBL positive Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • ESBL producing isolates of Escherichia coli
  • Enterobacter cloacae

Faster healing
In a 105 patient randomized controlled trial (Robson et al 2009) in which patients received either a conventional wound dressing or Leptospermum sp (Manuka) honey, the average healing time of the honey group was 29% faster.

Melcare's Manuka Wound Gel is a sterile dressing made from Leptospermum sp. honey (80%), plant derived hydrocolloids and a natural oil.

Product Properties

  • Provides an antibacterial wound environment;
  • Helps maintain wound pH;
  • Assists in removal of slough and necrotic tissue;
  • Rapidly removes malodour;
  • Is non-adherent thus reducing trauma at dressing change.

Directions for use

  1. Inspect and clean the wound using standard techniques.
  2. Open by reversing cap and twisting off top.
  3. Manuka Wound Gel should be applied liberally (e.g. for a 10cm x 10cm wound apply 20-25g of Manuka Wound Gel).
  4. Manuka Wound Gel can be applied either directly to the wound or to a suitable dressing.
  5. Avoid direct contact with the nozzle of the tube.
  6. A non-adherent gauze should be applied to cover the Manuka Wound Gel with additional secondary dressings applied as required for absorbance of wound exudate.
  7. Wound margins can be protected by a suitable barrier cream (Melcare's Derma Care)
  8. The frequency of changing will depend on the clinical circumstances and this can vary from more than once per day for draining wounds to up to 7 days for unsoiled dressings.
  9. Manuka Wound Gel can be removed from the wound by rinsing with clean saline or tap water at dressing change.

Manuka Wound Gel is indicated as a contact layer for wounds such as:

  • Venous ulcers;
  • Pressure ulcers (I-IV);
  • Diabetic Ulcers;
  • 1st and 2nd degree burns;
  • Surgical wounds
  • Donor and recipient graft sites
  • Sloughy, malodorous wounds
  • General First Aid

Manuka Wound Gel provides natural debridement of the wound.

The wound may therefore appear larger after the initial dressing change.

The honey present in Manuka Wound Gel will be gradually diluted by exudate and absorbed into the secondary dressing.

Wounds subject to arterial insufficiency, diabetic conditions or signs of infection should be managed by a healthcare professional. Any experience of a reaction other than a short lasting stinging sensation, remove the dressing and wash the affected area. Not for use on heavily exudating wounds. Manuka Wound Gel is not recommended for body cavities. DO NOT use on patients with known hypersensitivity to honey. In the event of a slow or non-responding wound please seek medical advice.

Size 30g tube
Brand Optimel
Manufacturer Melcare
Approximate weight 70g

Full ingredients:

80% Manuka Honey (Leptospermum sp.), plant derived hydrocolloids and a natural oil.

*All ingredients are correct to the best of our knowledge, but may be subject to change.


UK (including channel islands)

  • £3.00 2nd class delivery (4-5 working days) FREE over £35.00
  • £4.00 1st class (1-2 working days)
  • £8.00 Special Delivery or APC overnight* (next working day)

EU (selected countries)

  • £6.00 (Ireland, France & Germany) by Royal Mail Max Sort (no tracking)
  • £10.00 by Royal Mail Tracked and/or Signed (depending upon location)

Rest of the World  (selected countries)

  • £9.00 (Australia & New Zealand) by Royal Mail Tracked and/or Signed (depending upon location)
  • £13.00 (Canada) by Royal Mail Tracked and Signed
  • £15.00 by Royal Mail Tracked and/or Signed (depending upon location)

All international (non UK) shipping times are approximate and can take up to 28 days to arrive. All orders shipped outside of the EU are processed excluding UK taxes but import duties and/or taxes may be applicable in your delivery country for which YOU ARE LIABLE.


We aim to dispatch orders placed before 1pm Monday to Friday the same day (excluding bank holidays). Orders placed after 1pm will leave on the next working day (so on Friday this will normally mean Monday). 

Special Delivery/APC Overnight does not cover Saturday delivery. Therefore, orders placed after 1pm Thursday and before 1pm Friday will be despatched on Friday and delivered on Monday. Also Special Delivery/APC Overnight do not offer next day delivery to Northern Ireland, certain parts of the Scottish Highlands and offshore islands (e.g. Channel Islands).

We DO NOT deliver to shipping houses such as Aramex House. 

If we are out of stock of any items you will be informed via email.


You have the right to cancel the contract at any time up to the end of 14 days after the day on which you receive the goods. To exercise your right of cancellation, you must give written notice to us by post or email giving details of the goods ordered and (where appropriate) their delivery.



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