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New technology helping women in the region

New technology is making a difference for women visiting the Gynaecology Unit at the Toowoomba Hospital thanks to a generous donation from the Garden City Zonta Club of Toowoomba.

A Caresono Padscan HD5 Bladder Scanner has been purchased to assist practitioners ascertain bladder health of women post-partum.

Nurse Practitioner for Urogynaecolgy and Continence at the Toowoomba Hospital, Julie Westaway, said the new scanner would remove the need for an unnecessary procedure and reduce risks of infection for patients.

“Currently women have an invasive procedure called catheterisation to determine their bladder health post-partum,” Ms Westaway said.

“However with the new bladder scanner, we do not need to do this procedure, and in doing so we reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and the need for medical intervention, and improve efficiency of patient care.

“Nursing and medical staff can also easily be trained to accurately use the Caresono scanner, meaning there is no need for a sonographer.”

President of the Garden City Zonta Club of Toowoomba, Helen Fletcher, said the Zonta Club is extremely proud to be able to support women in the region through their donation.

“We are extremely pleased to see that the donation has gone directly to supporting women locally and the piece of equipment will make a difference for both the staff and patients,” Ms Fletcher said.

Toowoomba Hospital Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Alison Kennedy, said that the Foundation were incredibly grateful to have received the support from the Garden City Zonta Club of Toowoomba.

“Because of Zonta’s support, we have been able to provide our dedicated staff with equipment which will prevent unnecessary procedures and reduce risks for patients,” Mrs Kennedy said

“We feel extremely lucky to have been given this support and know that we could not do what we do at the Foundation without the generous support of our community.”

Pictured: Nurse Practitioner for Urogynaecolgy and Continence at the Toowoomba Hospital, Julie Westaway, President of the Garden City Zonta Club of Toowoomba, Helen Fletcher, member of the Garden City Zonta Club of Toowoomba, Kirsten Tydings, and CEO of the Foundation, Alison Kennedy.

19 Oct 2017