Scanner donation boost for MS patients

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ONE of Doncaster’s hospitals has received a boost with a donation of equipment which will help multiple sclerosis sufferers.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is handing over a bladder scanner to the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.

The equipment, which will be based at Tickhill Road Hospital in Balby, will be used to assist in identifying potential problems that increase the symptoms of the illness.

A spokesman for the Balby-based trust said one of the most common symptoms for patients with MS is a neurogenic bladder.

The condition can be caused by interrupted messages between the bladder to the brain.

It means the bladder does not empty properly and the remaining large volumes of urine can cause urinary tract infections. This can cause a patient’s MS symptoms to get worse.

Doctors say they need to see how much urine is left in the bladder, which is how the bladder scanner helps.

Julie Westerman, MS specialist nurse in neurological services at the Trust’s Tickhill Road Hospital, was delighted with the donation of the scanner.

She said: “This is a generous donation by the MS Society and we are very grateful. This piece of equipment will be invaluable in helping patients with MS.”

There are about 100,000 people who have MS in the UK, according to the MS Society.

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