Clubs join forces to pro­vide hospi­tal scan­ner

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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