Bladder scan a relief for patients

Showing off the new bladder scan are (l-r) Lismore West Rotary Club member Mark Macadam, St Vincents Hospital nurse unit manager Rhonda Hase, nurse Ruth Butts, Rotarys Bob Barnes and St Vincents Hospitals fundraising officer Marcia Smith.

Invasive procedures in the nether regions make everybody squirm, but a new $15,000 bladder scan means the end of uncomfortable procedures when initially investigating bladder problems.

The bladder scan was donated by the Rotary Club of Lismore West to St Vincents Hospital Rehabilitation Centre, and while most of us might not get excited over this small, nondescript little box, the staff at St Vincents are ecstatic.

It works in the same way as an ultrasound, explained David King, director of rehabilitation and aged care services at St Vincents Hospital, and it doesnt involve invasive processes, which is just wonderful. It saves the patient a lot of discomfort and eliminates the risk of infection.

The donation was part of the $90,000 raised at the Combined Charities Auction Extravaganza held at the Lismore Workers Club in May.


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