Purpose built Spencer House will deliver the same caring excellence in residential, dementia, nursing and respite care as Cliftonville. To mark the occasion owners Avery Healthcare have donated vital specialist diagnostic equipment to the neighbouring Northampton General Hospital.
Spencer House Home manager Marius Feeney approached Northampton General Hospital staff to decide what best use could be made of the several thousand pound donation.
Nurses on the Brampton Ward at NGH, a multi disciplinary short stay elderly ward, decided that they would most welcome, and make best use, of a moveable bladder scanner.
The scanner is a non-invasive, portable ultrasound device, which allows medical staff to get a virtual 3D image of the bladder. This indicates the volume of urine retained within the bladder and something that can alert medical staff to urinary tract infections, problems with the prostate and can, in some cases, warn of the presence of kidney stones.
Modern Matron on Brampton Ward, Sara Magson explained: “The scanner can avoid the need to cause the discomfort of a catheter for our older patients. It is quick, painless and simple. It is something we will use regularly on the Ward.”
Along with the piece of specialist moving and handling equipment, a return rotary stand, the donation is worth over £7,000.
Brampton Ward Manager Elaine Crisp said: “Avery have been very generous, and we are very grateful to them for this donation. It will really help us improve the care we care we give to patients here on the ward.”