New scanner donated by Friends will ‘prevent unnecessary hospital admissions’

Left to right: Patsy Taylor, Helen Ledingham, Donna Haycox and Barbara Sheehan. Photo by Navin Mistry.

Left to right: Patsy Taylor, Helen Ledingham, Donna Haycox and Barbara Sheehan. Photo by Navin Mistry.

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Community nurses based at the Orchard Centre in Rugby have welcomed the arrival of a new portable bladder scanner.

The equipment was donated by The Friends of St Cross after they learnt that the team only had one scanner to use between them.

The new portable scanner can be taken out by nurses when they visit patients at home, therefore reducing the length of time a patient is kept waiting for a scan and their subsequent medical treatment.

It’s expected that around 1,000 patients in the Rugby area will benefit from the additional scanner – and it will prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

It is also needed for patients who are undergoing the trial process of having a catheter removed.

Patsy Taylor, who works as a Specialist Continence Nurse at the Orchard Centre, said: “The equipment prevents unnecessary admissions to hospital for patients with urinary tract infections and voiding difficulties.

“It also identifies patients with high volumes of urine seen by the urology team - for example, patients with neurological and prostate problems and saves them being admitted to hospital for the scan.

“We use this on a daily basis as part of our continence assessment.”

Pictured above, left to right: Orchard Centre staff Patsy Taylor, Helen Ledingham, Donna Haycox and Barbara Sheehan.

Photo by Navin Mistry.