New scanner will help ill patients

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PATIENTS in South Tyneside will benefit from a new scanner thanks to a donation of £7,500.

The cash was given to Ward 10 at South Tyneside District hospital, in Harton Lane, South Shields, by the League of Friends. It has been used to buy a bladder scanner which will help improve care for respiratory patients.

Emma Gray, ward manager, said: “The new scanner has had a huge impact on our patients. Checking bladder function is an extremely important part of treatment and the scanner prevents the need for invasive monitoring.

“Having one available on the ward, which staff have been fully trained to use, is fantastic as it means we don’t have to locate elsewhere, which was time-consuming, particularly as patients could be in discomfort.

“Now they don’t have to wait as it is always available. We are extremely grateful to the League of Friends for this donation, which has dramatically improved our patients’ experience.”