Bladder scanner presented to Acute Medical Unit

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at Southmead Hospital has been presented with a brand new bladder scanner worth £3,500 by the Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group.

Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, Lord Mayor of Bristol, also attended the presentation held earlier today.

The Acute Medical Unit at Southmead Hospital Bristol has received a bladder scanner from Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group

The scanner enables staff to closely monitor and assess patients with cardiac failure to see if they have urine retention.

Previously, as a precaution, if staff were concerned patients would be catheterised which is an invasive, and sometimes, painful procedure.

Bev Davies, Sister for the AMU, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group – the bladder scanner will be extremely beneficial to those patients who require it.”

Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group was formerly known as the Frenchay Hospital Cardiac Support Group but changed its name when services moved to Southmead last year.

Over the years the group has raised around half a million pounds for the NHS - £50,000 of which has gone to accident and emergency services.

To find out more about the charity and its work log on to www.bristolareacardiacsupport.com

Pictured (left to right) are: Sister Gemma Stafford, Ward Manager George Duffield, Rae Care from the Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group, Cllr Clare Campion-Smith, John Adams from the Bristol Area Cardiac Support Group, Dr Kiaran Flanagan, John Crozier from the company that supplies the bladder scanner, Sister Bev Davies and Matron Juliette Hughes.