August 30, 2016
Young patients receiving care for bladder and kidney problems at Ipswich hospital are benefiting from more comfortable and less invasive treatment thanks to the generosity of a local charity.
The hospital’s urology team has taken delivery of two new paediatric cystoscopes, which have been paid for with a £3,220 grant from the Fonnereau Road Health Foundation Fund.
The instruments allow a doctor to look inside a child’s bladder and carry out a variety of different procedures without the need for more invasive surgery. In particular, they will be used to treat children who have bladder and kidney problems, which can potentially cause recurrent urinary infections and kidney damage. Doctors will use the cystoscope to inject a substance to resolve the issue, with the patient able to return home the same day.
The instruments have replaced the hospital’s two older paediatric cystoscopes, which had a wider diameter and were not as comfortable for patients.
George Yardy, consultant urologist at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We are really grateful to the Fonnereau Road Health Foundation Fund, whose generosity has paid for these two fantastic new cystoscopes.
“Not only are they thinner than the instruments they have replaced, but are also much more sophisticated and will allow us to continue performing a range of procedures which would normally only take place in more specialist centres. This is great news for our young patients and their families as it means they can get the care they need closer to home.”
The Fonnereau Road Health Foundation Fund is managed by the Suffolk Community Foundation and provides grants for health improvement projects.