An ultrasound scanner to the value of R100 000 was recently donated to the South Coast Hospice by the Port Shepstone Lions Club.
Both Hospice CEO, Di van Dyk and Sister Dina Thorncroft are thrilled with this donation.
Bedside ultrasound scanning in a Hospice setting is a relatively new initiative. Historically, Hospice has referred patients to a hospital for ultrasound scans.
Much of the ultrasound scanning was done at the Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban which resulted in long delays in obtaining appointments and receiving results. Now all patients with possible ascites can be scanned prior to drainage.
The ultrasound scanner will be used primarily to identify the exact location of tumours so that the staff can provide the required treatment in order to ease the suffering of patients.
Bedside ultrasounds are non-invasive and well tolerated, aiding diagnosis for patients with suspected ascites, lung blockages or bladder problems.
Photo: At the handover of the ultrasound scanner were (from left) Hospice CEO, Di Van Dyk, Lion Otto Wank, Port Shepstone Lions’ Community Services Director Jeff Smith, Sister Dina Thorncroft, Port Shepstone Lions’ Secretary Alastair Warman, Port Shepstone Lions’ Treasurer Richard Borradaile and Port Shepstone Lions’ President Denis Meyer.