Clubs join forces to provide hospital scanner
EIGHT Rotary Clubs across Buckinghamshire and West London region have raised £6,075 to buy a new bladder scanner, which will enable nurses to make non-invasive urine assessments far more routine.
Brian Westwood PHF, President of The Rotary Club of Jordans & District, explained how the club led the fundraising but called on its fellow West London clubs to help in their goal of reaching £6,000.
They held a popular film night at Pinewood Studios, among other events and bucket collections to raise the grand total, which they donated to Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
Representatives from four of the contributing clubs came together at Harefield Hospital for the grand unveiling of the new machine.
Claire Fountain and Naomi Phillips, senior sisters on the high dependency unit where the scanner will be used, said it will particularly help people recovering from thoracic surgery, to establish whether or not they need a catheter placement, which can be uncomfortable for patients.
“We currently only have one bladder scanner on the ward, so a second one will allow us to make urine assessments far more routinely,” said Ms Phillips.
“The scanners improve patients’ comfort because they enable us to better assess who needs a catheter and who doesn’t. The fact that it is on wheels will mean it’s also far more convenient for nurses to take around the ward. Thank you so much to everyone who fundraised to help our patients.”
The eight clubs that helped buy the scanner are:
The Rotary Club of Jordans & District
The Rotary Club of Pinner
The Rotary Club of Elthorne-Hillingdon
The Rotary Club of Slough
The Rotary Club of Ruislip North
The Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins
The Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross The Rotary Club of Uxbridge
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity supports the work of these two worldclass centres treating and beating the planet’s biggest killers, heart and lung disease.
Raising money for equipment, research and facilities that fall outside the scope of the NHS, the Charity’s projects are not ‘nice-to-haves’ – they are often vital to the lives and wellbeing of the hospitals’ patients.