Maxillofacial Unit staff at Morriston Hospital have thanked the Morriston League of Friends for their generous gift of Wales’ first 3D scanner.
The £20,700 scanner uses five cameras to capture 360 degree external images of the head and body of patients.
Patients needing face and body prostheses, design-implants, burns pressure therapy masks and wound and scar management will now benefit from more accurate designs and better finished results.
Peter Evans, Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager said: “Before, our patients would have had to undergo lengthy and uncomfortable impressions using plaster and silicones.
“Thank you so much for enabling us to have this equipment.”
Pictured above: Lawrence Dovgalski Maxillofacial Prosthetist, Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends, Peter Llewellyn Evans Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager, Heulwen James, Reverend Nigel Griffin Hospital Chaplain, Allan Davies (patient) Doug Neil Head of Medical Illustrations, Jean Fowler, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends and John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends.
Over 290 patients have already benefited from the new scanner, including Allan Davies, who was born without his right ear.
Picture below: The 3D scanner
Allan, from Pontardawe, said: “I have been coming to the maxillofacial unit for 13 years for my prosthetic ear.
“I think that the new equipment is brilliant and it will mean shorter visits to the hospital.”
Morriston League of friends Chairman, John Hughes said: “We are very pleased that Morriston Hospital is the first in Wales to have this equipment.
“It is always an achievement to see how we have helped the hospital.
“We are all very impressed– it is definitely money well spent.”
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Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
3D Image camera
We have moved into a digital age for healthcare enabling us to deliver better, faster and more efficient services to patients. ABMU Health board has led the way in many innovations in this area and in particular in digital imaging.
The Maxillofacial Unit some years ago invested in a 3D surface capture system that could take virtually instant 3D images of the face. This allowed for improvements in treatments such as burns splint therapies, surgery planning and facial prostheses. The two camera system was based in medical photography so it was accessible to all specialties and very soon it became useful in many other treatment areas such as breast reconstruction and scar management.
As images with two cameras are only able to capture small areas of the body, investment in a 5 camera system were considered giving larger more complete images in a shorter time.
After a presentation to the Morriston Hospital League of Friends, the need to support the purchase and integrate a five camera system was agreed and the funds donated.
With this generous support a five camera system has now been installed in the Medical Illustration Department on a purpose built frame. This new system is able to capture 360 degree images of the head and body instantly and is first of its type in Wales and only the second in the UK.
The ability to capture a 3D image of a patients surface anatomy instantly and without using CT or MRI enables a wide range of treatments and services such as burns pressure therapy masks, face and body prostheses, implant design and wound and scar management. Before this technology was available patients would have had to undergo lengthy and uncomfortable impressions using plaster and silicones.
Peter Llewellyn Evans
Maxillofacial Laboratory Services Manager
MORRISTON HOSPITAL LEAGUE OF FRIENDS
The origin of the League dates back to 1943 when a committee was set up to provide film shows and concerts for wounded servicemen in Morriston Hospital during World War II. It was one of the first leagues to be founded in the country. The first contribution was providing wireless headphones to each bed at the hospital. The Friends purchased a cinematograph projector and twice weekly gave film shows for bed patients. They organised quizzes for the patients in which local sportsmen and personalities took part. To mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953 the Friends provided patients with television sets to enable them to watch the pageantry of the Coronation procession and ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
One of their most magnificent gifts was the original Chapel which commemorated the twenty first anniversary of the founding of the hospital. The Chapel and its organ cost nearly £10,000 and the building including the cost of furnishings was £8000. The Chapel was opened in 1964. Chapel services still continue today in the new Multi Faith Centre at the Hospital. Morriston is the only hospital in Wales to hold Sunday morning services. The League of Friends enable patients to attend the Sunday services by transporting them from the wards by wheelchair, bed or assisted walking.
The overnight bungalow accommodation was officially opened in 1976. The idea for an accommodation unit at the hospital for the relatives of patients was conceived when the Friends saw visitors sleeping in the alcoves on bedding supplied by the hospital.
New accommodation was opened in 2010 and is used by relatives of seriously ill patients thus enabling them to be near to their family whilst receiving treatment. The new accommodation comprises four bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area.
A total cost of £10,000 has been spent on the provision of the new accommodation. The League have purchased all the beds, bedding, and bedroom furniture in each bedroom. The kitchen has been fitted with a fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, cooker, all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery. The lounge area has been equipped with a corner style settee and chairs, television set and dining table and chairs.
Since the commencement of the League of Friends in 1943 over £2.000.000 has been raised and used to purchase vital equipment for various departments within the hospital. Recent purchases include a Colorectal Endoscope which cost £17442 and is used to treat patients in the early stages of bowel cancer. The equipment used during transanal endoscopic surgery allows small early cancerous or non cancerous growths to be removed without the need of a major procedure thus allowing patients to recover quicker.
The Friends have also purchased Wales’ first 3D scanner. The £20,700 scanner uses five cameras to capture 360 degree external images of the head and body of the patients. This equipment is used at the Maxillofacial Unit. Patients needing face and body prosthesis, design implants, burns and pressure therapy masks and wound and scar management now benefit from more accurate designs and better finished results.
Recent purchases include a Baby Resuscitaire for the Accident and Emergency Department costing £9600 and a Belmont Rapid Infusion System costing £10,000 also for the Accident and Emergency Department.
The Friends provide patient packs which contain toiletries and sleepwear to patients who are admitted (sometimes unexpectedly) to Morriston Hospital without these items. At Christmas each patient and ward staff member is given a small gift which is distributed by the Friends on Christmas Eve.
Today the League continues to raise funds through an annual Golf Tournament and the receipt of kind donations. The Friends continue to have a happy working relationship with the Hospital Management Team, Doctors, Nursing Staff, all Wards and Departments within the hospital.
Pictured from left Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends, Mr Mark Davies Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Theatre Sister Ceinwen Davies Langley, John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends.
Major abdominal surgery is gold standard for the management early stage rectal cancer and larger benign polyps but can necessitate the need for a colostomy. The risk of the disease recurring after such surgery is very low around 1-2%. However, there are significant risks associated with this type of surgery (20-30%). There is also the risk of bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction. This can consequently have a negative impact on quality of life. So in short, we are potentially over treating such benign polyps and early stage rectal cancers.
Transanal endoscopic surgery was introduced by Professor Buess in Germany in 1980s. It has been introduced in many centres worldwide. It has an established use in the UK and its safety and efficacy have been demonstrated by an ongoing audit.
This is a minimally invasive, endoscopic technique, avoiding any abdominal incisions. The technique works via an operating rectoscope with high definition optics and high precision instruments to remove the lesion. The defect in the rectum can be closed accurately. There is no need for a colostomy.
There are significant cost savings as the inpatient stay is around 1-2 nights. This compares to 5-10 nights after resectional surgery. There is faster return to normal health, reduced complications and improved postoperative bowel function compared to resectional surgery.
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme has led to an increased number of larger rectal polyps and early stage cancers being detected. It is therefore essential that we in Swansea are able to offer patients this treatment, thus avoiding major surgery or referring patients to other centres in UK.
On behalf of The Colorectal Unit, I would like to thank Morriston Hospital League of Friends for their kind donation.
Colorectal Unit staff at Morriston Hospital have thanked the Morriston League of Friends for essential equipment used to treat patients in the early stages of bowel cancer.
The £17,442 equipment, used during transanal endoscopic surgery, allows small early cancerous or non cancerous growths to be removed without the need of a major procedure.
Picture above (l-r) Jean Fowler, Reverend Nigel Griffin Hospital Chaplain, Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends, Gaynor James Ward Sister, Mr Mark Davies Consultant General Surgeon, Michelle Griffiths Ward Sister, Carol Greenway Colorectal Specialist Nurse, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends, Heulwen James, John A Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends
Mark Davies, Consultant General Surgeon said: “We are very grateful to have received the equipment.
“Before, patients would undergo abdominal surgery and usually have to have a colostomy, or they would travel to Cardiff or Cheltenham for the special procedure – so it’s a massive step for us.
“This equipment will allow patients to recover quicker, with reduced complications and without the need of a colostomy.
“On behalf of the colorectal unit, I would like to thank the Morriston Hospital League of Friends for their kind donation.”
A warm welcome by the Captain and Committee awaited us once again at Morriston Golf Club, which hosted our 24th Annual Golf Tournament on 30th May 2014.
The aim was to raise money to assist the league with the purchase of a Bladder Scanner at a cost of £7249.99 for shared use between Anglesey and Gower wards. The Tournament generated an income of £4032.40.
This brings the total money raised by this Annual Tournament to £149,338.90
With fine weather and the course in excellent condition, 136 golfers experienced an enjoyable round of golf and warm hospitality. It was delightful to see a few new teams entered and have the continued support of our regular participants and sponsors. Swansea Police took the winners trophy, with Quartz Elect 2 close behind in second place, team Robert Malt were third and the Dream Team picked up 4th prize.
The organising committee of Sian Harris Williams, John Hughes, Roy Blackmore and Club Captain would like to convey their thanks to Morriston Golf club, Paul Rees and members of Morriston RFC for their assistance with the 2014 tournament and to all the participants for their support .
The success of the day enables us to look forward to and organise something special for the 25th Annual Golf Tournament, which will once again be hosted by Morriston Golf Club on Friday May 29th 2015
Any enquiries from companies wishing to sponsor this very successful event would be gratefully received by Sian Harris Williams ( treasurer and tournament co-ordinator Morriston Hospital league friends.