Friends Donation Buys New Ultrasound Machine For Louth

Generous supporters of County Hospital, Louth, have presented £26,800 for new equipment to the Urgent Care Centre.

The donation from the League of Friends has been used to buy a portable ultrasound machine which can be used to diagnose and treat a range of conditions.

The Urgent Care Centre, which is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), is led by a team of health professionals who can treat less serious illnesses and injuries, such as broken bones, cuts, burns, bites and stings.

LCHS's Specialist Urgent Care Doctor, Rajeshwar Ranganathan, said: "On behalf of the Urgent Care Centre team at Louth, I would like to thank the League of Friends for their generous donation. We are very glad to be able to provide this emergency facility, which will enable our trained clinicians to access imaging to help with diagnosis when caring for patients with acute abdominal pains.

"The ultrasound can be used to help us look for fluid collection around the heart and drain it in lifesaving emergency situations. It can also be used to help clinicians better visualise veins when they need to gain intravenous access for blood samples, giving fluids and medications."

Barbara Boobyer, Chairman of the League of Friends of Louth Hospital, said: "Very gratefully this year the League of Friends have received generous local legacies, donations, proceeds from the hospital pantomime and £500 from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. Together these have enabled us to purchase the ultrasound machine for the Urgent Care Centre and other much-needed equipment for our hospital."