A USUALLY uncomfortable procedure will now be conducted with ease thanks to a special donation.
The Laidley Hospital has added a brand new bladder scanner to their equipment list following a helping hand from the Forest Hill Argyle Freemason Lodge.
The Argyle Lodge donated $6000 towards the bladder scanner after hosting a charity bowls day.
Forest Hill Argyle Freemason Lodge master Peter Hooper said he had approached the hospital prior to the bowls day to see how they could help.
"We did it as a project to raise funds and we raised $3000 at a charity bowls day and our board of benevolence then gave us a dollar-for-dollar subsidy," he said.
"The hospital also looked in their budget and were able to find the balance of $6000."
The bladder machine cost $12,000 in total.
"We wanted to do something for a community organisation and our board of benevolence is very enthusiastic and excited about it because they can see it's for a community project that benefits the whole community," Mr Hooper said.
He said the donation helped more than just patients travelling to Laidley.
"Once Ipswich Hospital saw this happening they agreed to subsidise two other hospitals to get the same machine, so it's mushroomed to other hospitals," he said.
Laidley Hospital clinical nurse Gail Rogers said it was a great addition to the hospital.
"We've been wanting this for a long time and it really will benefit the community greatly," she said.
"Instead of people having invasive procedures we can now look at the volume of urine in their bladder and maybe save them the embarrassment and unnecessary treatment."
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