Diabetes services at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI) has received a significant boost this November thanks to a £4,000 donation of new equipment, which will help the early detection and diagnosis of diabetic foot disease.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the RLI and the local community, the two new pieces of equipment, a Termoskin and Biotestiometro, are already proving to be valuable diagnostic tools at the RLI’s Diabetes Centre.
The Friends of the RLI has been an established charity for over 40 years, and the recent additions are the latest in a wide-range of donations which the charity has gifted to the hospital.
The first piece of equipment was a Termoskin electro-medical device, which measures temperature changes between a patient’s two feet through infra-red lasers. These inflammatory changes can be common in those with diabetes and the Termoskin equipment could result in the early diagnoses of diabetic foot disease for patients.
The second device, a Biotestiometro, works alongside the Termoskin device providing screening for sensorial neuropathy in diabetes patients. Sensory neuropathy affects the nerves that carry messages of touch, temperature and pain, which for a patient with diabetes means loss of feeling in the feet.
Deborah Slater, Advanced Nurse Practitioner at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said: “We can’t thank the friends of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary enough for their kind donations. These pocket sized medical devices will really benefit our patients and help in the assessment and identification of those at risk of developing diabetic foot disease so that necessary precautions can take place before ulceration occurs.”
Janet Singleton, Diabetes Specialist Nurse, added: “People with diabetes have a 10% chance of developing a foot ulcer at some point throughout their life. Suffering a diabetic foot ulcer is debilitating and the most common cause of non-traumatic limb amputation which is catastrophic.
“Amputations are preventable, and thanks to the friends of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, we now have these valuable diagnostic tools which will be very useful in early identification and diagnosis of diabetic foot disease.”
The Friends of the RLI has worked in partnership with the Bay Hospitals Charity in donating equipment across the Royal Lancaster Infirmary since 1980.
Bay Hospitals Charity is a registered charity that raises funds to support University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. Donations received provide those little extras that help make the hospital experience better, funding things outside of the scope of the NHS. It is the continued generosity of local communities that enables the charity to enhance and support the hospitals across Morecambe Bay and the lives of the 365,000 people that live here.
To make a donation or get involved, visit http://www.bayhospitalscharity.org
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