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Charlotte’s fundraising campaign raises over £7,000 for new Bladder Scanner


Trainee Assistant Practitioner Charlotte Davies, with the help of the Royal Devon and Exeter League of Friends, has raised over £7,000 to fund the purchase of a new bladder scanner for the RD&E’s Acute Medical Unit (AMU).


A bladder scanner enables clinicians to quickly and accurately measure a patient’s bladder volume. It helps with the diagnosis of common urological conditions or can be used to assess urinary retention, often meaning that unnecessary catheterization can be prevented and the chances of a patient developing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are reduced.


Whilst the unit already had use of a bladder scanner, occasionally it is shared with other wards, and Charlotte realised there was a need for the Unit to have one of their own.  


Charlotte, who works on the unit, said: “I thought – we’re an acute medical unit. Why don’t we have a bladder scanner of our own? So I spoke with one of our AMU consultants and she suggested that I should start fundraising for one.”


Charlotte began her fundraising efforts by organising a Halloween Ball at Exeter’s Coaver Club, which raised £1,000 on the night. The event was attended by staff, friends and family, all in spooky fancy dress, who enjoyed an evening of entertainment kindly supplied by the MET office jazz group. Hire of the venue and party food was provided thanks to a generous donation from AMU consultant Mr Bill Lusty. Raffle prizes were also supplied by local businesses.


Motivated by the event’s success, Charlotte then applied to the Royal Devon and Exeter’s League of Friends, who generously supplied the remaining £6,000.


Charlotte added: “The bladder scanner arrived on the unit in early January and more of our staff are being trained up to use it. Donating the scanner has been a real achievement and means we can provide an excellent service of care for our patients.” 


“I would like to thank the AMU consultants mentioned for their on-going support and the League of Friends for their generous donation.”


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