Patient experience at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ Gynaecology department is set to improve as the Trust’s Charity provides funds for an ultrasound bladder scanner.
The new scanner will be used to determine the amount of urine present in a patient’s bladder. It will look for the amount of urine the bladder is able to store and check whether the bladder is emptying completely after passing urine.
The portable BladderScan Prime Plus has been designed by leading manufacturer Verathon, and is powered by ImageSense, an algorithm which can automatically analyse over 900 lines of data per scan to precisely and consistently detect and define bladder location, size and shape.
The bladder scan is painless – taking just a couple of minutes to complete – and may prevent patients from undergoing invasive procedures, which helps to eliminate the risk of infection.
Gynaecology Matron at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, David Styles, said: “We are grateful to all of those who donated to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity to allow us to purchase this vital piece of equipment. “Providing exceptional patient care is of great importance to us and having access to our own departmental scanner will mean initial assessment times for our patients in need of a pre and post micturition bladder scan will be reduced.”
Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “This is another great example of how our wonderful supporters are helping to make a difference to the first-class care our patients receive, by ensuring our hospitals are equipped with the latest technology.
“The new device will help staff to care for our patients in the most efficient way by reducing initial waiting times and in some cases, prevent patients from undergoing more invasive procedures.”
You can find out more about the work of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity and the many charitable projects they helped to fund here.