Spire ultrasound scanner, worth £75,000, donated to St Francis Hospice

Patients at Saint Francis Hospice can now have ultrasound scans taken on site, avoiding journeys to hospital, thanks to Spire's donation of an ultrasound scanning machine.

Hartswood sonographer, Jo Eastman is also volunteering her time two afternoons a week to allow day therapy patients and inpatients at the Havering-atte-Bower hospice to be scanned on site.

Jo had considered volunteering for some time, having had friends and family who have received help from the Hospice. “I was looking for another challenge and I knew that the skills I had were something that the hospice didn’t have. Following the generous donation of the machine from Spire, it was possible to volunteer my time to make use of that machine” said Jo.

Dr Corinna Midgley, Medical Director at Saint Francis Hospice, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jo to our team. Her volunteering and the gift from Spire of a good ultrasound scanner will allow us to get rapid results and avoid a hospital journey, which may be hard for some of the patients we look after.”

Spire Hartswood's Hospital Director, Mark Gilmour, had this to say:
“We have worked in partnership with St Francis Hospice for several years, participating in various fundraising events. On this occasion, it’s nice to be able to donate equipment that will contribute directly to the quality of care patients receive.”

The scanner, a Philips HDI 5000, worth £75k new, allows doctors to look at soft tissues in patients and is particularly helpful when looking for any signs of deep vein thrombosis or fluid in the abdomen. The machine is portable and can be moved to the bedside of patients in the inpatient unit or set up in a room for scheduled appointments.

To find out more about Saint Francis Hospice, please visit www.sfh.org.uk

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