Doncaster and Bassetlaw Kidney Association (DaBKA) have donated £25,000 to the Renal Outpatients units at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), in order to purchase three new vascular scanners.
The state-of-the-art Sonosite scanners are used in the departments to scan haemodialysis patients. They use ultrasound technology to enable nursing staff to gain a clear view of a patient’s fistulas in order to improve needle insertions and patient experience during cannulation, which is an essential part of dialysis.
A fistula is a surgical joining together of an artery and a vein to create a high-volume reservoir of blood. When needled, this allows cleaning and return of blood through a dialysis machine.
The three new scanners will be stationed in each of the Trust's dialysis units, meaning patients across Doncaster and Bassetlaw will see the benefits.
DaBKA are a local charity who help to support kidney patients in Doncaster, Dearne Valley and Bassetlaw. They are a volunteer run charity and rely on donations from the public. One of their biggest supporters, Endeavour Martial Arts, hold regular sponsored events at their gym to raise money for the charity.