£10,000 appeal for new male bladder scanner

Johnson Community Hospital

Johnson Community Hospital

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GENEROUS South Holland residents are being called upon to help fund a new bladder scanner to help treat hundreds of men in the district.

The League of Friends of Johnson Community Hospital is appealing for help from our readers to pay for a scanner for use in the Prostate Health Clinic, which costs £9,600.

The state of the art kit saves men from the need for painful use of a catheter and having the new equipment at the Johnson Community Hospital will mean South Holland patients do not have to go to Peterborough or Boston to be examined.

The previous scanner was bought with help of a newspaper appeal from the League of Friends about ten years ago and is now in urgent need of repair.

League chairman Angela Newton said: “Members of the public and local organisations were very generous in their support at that time and I hope they will respond favourably now.

“Sister Ruth Bailes, who runs the clinic, tells me that last year approximately 650 men were patients at the Prostate Health Clinic at the Johnson Community Hospital and the existing piece of equipment enabled patients from our district to be seen locally rather than having to journey to Boston or Peterborough.”

The replacement machine the group hopes to purchase is a Verathon BladderScan, which promises to:

l provide an accurate, non-invasive assessment of bladder volume

l lower the risk of urinary tract infection

l free patients from the pain, embarrassment, and trauma of catheterisation

l provide a reliable and simple instrument for medical staff and patients.

Anyone who wants to help buy the equipment should contact Angela, who is also a district councillor, at AP Sales office 01775 725300 or League of Friends treasurer Elisabeth Brittain at Castlefields, Spalding.

Cheque donations should be made payable to The League of Friends of Johnson Community Hospital.