Dear League of Friends,
We would like to thank you for your very kind donation of the Bladder Scanner for Anglesey and Gowers Ward.
This has proven to be a valuable piece of equipment to both Patients and staff of both wards.
The Bladder Scanner measures how much urine there is in the bladder. It is a painless procedure where gel is applied to the skin and a probe is gently pressed against the bladder area. This gives an accurate reading of the amount of urine in the bladder and indicates whether the patient needs further treatment or not, especially if they are having difficulty in passing urine. This will give us further insight into whether they need a urinary catheter inserted or a referral for further investigation.
May we also thank you for the continued support that you given to the hospital, it is very much appreciated.
Sister Tracey Kowalski
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
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.”