Hospice given generous donation

2017-07-13 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedWith the new ultrasound scanner (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.

PHOTO: suppliedWith the new ultrasound scanner (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.

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THE Port Shepstone Lions Club donated an ultrasound scanner worth R100 000 to the South Coast Hospice recently.

Hospice CEO Di van Dyk and Sister Dina Thorncroft were thrilled by the donation.

Port Shepstone Lions president Denis Meyer said 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 patients with possible ascites can be scanned prior to drainage,” said Meyer.

The ultrasound scanner will be used primarily to identify the exact location of tumours so that 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. – Supplied.

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