Super sleuth machines benefiting patients at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

 Patients at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospitals are benefiting thanks to new state-of-the-art machines which are real super sleuths when it comes to finding veins.

Two Bard Sherlock machines have been bought – one for Scunthorpe hospital and the other for Grimsby – thanks to funding from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust’s (NLaG) official charity, The Health Tree Foundation.

They provide real-time images allowing health professionals to accurately insert catheters into patient’s chest cavities.

The Trust’s deteriorating patient team provides a vascular access service for patients needing specialist lines including peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and tunneled central venous catheters – known as Hickman lines. These are catheters that are either inserted via a vein in the arm or neck and are fed through to the chest area.

The team made a “wish” to the charity for funding. Nick Harrison, nurse consultant for the deteriorating patient, said: “Using the traditional method we insert the catheters into the chest area and then have to take an X-ray to ensure it is inserted in the correct position. The process of X-raying the patient, then waiting for it to be checked and the need for possible repositioning of the device can be very time consuming which could contribute to a delay in treatment or monitoring.

“Sherlock provides you with a real-time picture of the catheter being inserted and follows it through until it is resting in the chest cavity close to the heart. It enables accurate positioning without the need to keep having to take X-rays.

“It is so much better for our patients as it reduces the need for multiple X-rays and ensures the line is in the right place, the first time so that monitoring or treatment can start straight away.”

The machines cost a total of £40,400 with the charity donating £37,400. The rest of the funding came from the Cleethorpes Cancer Support Group.

Support group trustee David Wedlake said: “We are delighted to have made a contribution to purchasing such an important piece of equipment. It is thanks to everyone who has made a donation at our shop that we were able to support the Trust.”

Victoria Winterton, The Health Tree Foundation’s charity manager said: “I am absolutely delighted that the charity has been able to provide these amazing devices as they are making such a massive difference for patients.”

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