New ultrasound machine for Louth

Louth County Hospital. Pictured, from left, are: League of Friends volunteers Liz Hardy and Betty Barker, Mr Rajeshwar Ranganathan, LCHS Specialist Doctor, League of Friends Chairman Barbara Boobyer, and Greta Brougham, LCHS Nurse Practitioner. EMN-140809-162033001
Louth County Hospital. Pictured, from left, are: League of Friends volunteers Liz Hardy and Betty Barker, Mr Rajeshwar Ranganathan, LCHS Specialist Doctor, League of Friends Chairman Barbara Boobyer, and Greta Brougham, LCHS Nurse Practitioner. EMN-140809-162033001

Generous supporters of Louth County Hospital 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 us 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.”

Barbara Boobyer, chairman of the League of Friends added: “This year the League of Friends have received generous local donations, proceeds from the hospital pantomime and £500 from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. Together these have enabled us to purchase the ultrasound machine and other much-needed equipment.”