An Accuvein Scanner has been provided by the Friends of St Mary’s Hospital for Afton Ward at the hospital’s Sevenacres site.
Purchase of the scanner and stand, at a cost to the charity of £4,400, means that staff at Afton can, through clever infra-red technology, pick out elusive veins just below the skin, enabling them to more accurately insert needles into a vein.
The new equipment means that Sevenacres patients no longer have to use similar equipment in the nearby general hospital where, incidentally, a similar scanner was bought by the Friends 4 years ago for the Endoscopy Unit.
Afton’s Staff Nurse Clayton Pope said:
“It has been wonderful having this equipment, which can easily be transported about, including to where patients undergo ECG treatment.
“Elderly people often just don’t have good veins and other patients could have veins that have been damaged because of their life-style.”