Top of the shopping list for district nurses based at Coldstream Health Centre, was a bladder scanner and thanks to the local patient participation group they now have one.
In a town with such a high proportion of elderly people, a bladder scanner is in constant demand, but without their own, the district nurses and the practice had been sending patients to either Borders General Hospital or Kelso Hospital which has also taken delivery of one relatively recently.
Whether it’s used for elderly patients, or younger people who have needed a catheter following an operation, the bladder scanner can help the medical staff make a decision about removing the catheter and monitor the bladder more closely, making life more pleasant for the patients involved.
“It’s noninvasive,” explained Delia Howlett, district nurse team leader. “It measures the bladder volume, it doesn’t pick up abnormalities. It’s already made such an enormous difference to our practice.”
All the health centre’s district nurses have been trained to use the £5,625 piece of equipment, as has the practice nurse and one of the GPs.
For the new chair of Coldstream Health Centre’s Patient Participation Group, Frances Richardson, the generosity of local people in helping with their fund raising efforts was quite astonishing.
“People really appreciate this practice,” said Frances, “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed.”
The PPG helps to constantly improve amenities at the practice and is always on the look-out for new members.