New equipment for Leicester Royal Infirmary gynaecology department

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Supporters of Birstall BAGs, have raised funds for a new examination couch in the scanning room of the gynaecology department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital.

The £8,890 donation from Birstall BAGs funded the couch to replace one that was over 12 years old and has the old ‘stirrup’ style leg supports. For some patients, this style of couch is difficult to get into and can cause embarrassment or discomfort at an already stressful time.

Neelam Potdar, consultant gynaecologist, said: “A huge thanks for the amazing, kind donation for the new therapy couch in Gynaecology. This will help to improve the experience and care provided to women undergoing diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and other conditions, immensely.

“This couch offers patients who struggle with the older style couch the dignity they deserve. The UHL gynaecology staff sincerely appreciate Birstall BAGs’ help and donation.”

The foot rests on the new couch can be lowered right down to floor level, allowing ladies to sit in the chair and easily place her feet on the rests – the chair then gently tips the patient into a lying position and raises her feet automatically allowing for an easier and more comfortable experience.

Emma Shaw from Birstall BAGs commented: “We’re delighted to be able to fund the new couch and we’d like to thank our supporters for their fundraising and supporting us at our events – it’s their generosity that has made this donation possible.”