Medical equipment to enhance diagnosis & treatment

The purchase of advanced medical equipment improves diagnosis and treatment, helping to ensure patients receive excellent care and the best possible outcomes.

Head & neck cancer diagnostics
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Head and neck cancers account for approximately 4% of all cancers and despite advances in technology and approach, five-year survival rates are poor in the UK, due to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

The multi-disciplinary head and neck cancer team at Kingston Hospital work with regional partners to diagnose patients as early as possible and expedite cancer treatment at specialist cancer centres. A substantial increase in demand, caused by a combination of service reorganisation in South West London and an ageing population, has highlighted the urgent need for additional specialist diagnostic equipment.

While funding has now been secured for four ultrasound machines, an intraoperative nerve monitor and a stroboscopy system, we are also seeking to acquire an ENT navigation system. For patients with a suspected sino-nasal neoplasm (a growth in, around or behind the nose) requiring surgical biopsy to determine whether it is cancerous, this specialist equipment would enable the surgeon to more easily and quickly navigate around critical structures avoiding accidental injury and its subsequent life changing impacts; while reducing the length of post operative hospital stay

Together the acquisition of all of these equipment items will help reduce the length of time for diagnosis, while ensuring Kingston Hospital achieves the 28-day faster diagnosis standard and national 31 day waiting time for treatment target for its head and neck patients, increasing the number of patients living for five years or more following a cancer diagnosis. They will also improve health outcomes in terms of swallowing, speech and breathing for those patients undergoing surgical biopsy or when recovering from radiotherapy for laryngeal cancer, while helping deliver more efficient services.

Effectively managing chronic eye conditions
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patient and technician using equipment

The management of chronic diseases, such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, requires regular follow-up for the duration of a patient’s life. In an ageing population this is putting unprecedented demand on existing clinical services at Kingston Hospital, which is why the ophthalmology team is developing virtual diagnostic clinics. This provides a significantly more efficient way of monitoring low and medium risk patients as clinicians can review patient scans virtually, reducing the need for face-to-face assessment.

In order to realise the benefits of this new way of delivering care more efficiently, while responding to the growing demand, the Royal Eye Unit is seeking to purchase a multimodal imaging platform, having recently secured the funding for a second ultra-widefield retinal imaging system.
This cutting-edge equipment visualises the circulation of the retina and identifies anomalous formation of blood vessels that may require further management or intervention.

A LifeStart Trolley to provide bedside neonatal care
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Mum and baby with a nurse

The maternity service is seeking to purchase a LifeStart Trolley, which is a mobile unit that provides bedside neonatal care, for babies that need resuscitation on the labour ward. Currently newborns who need help with breathing straight after birth are taken away from their mothers to a resuscitation unit. The LifeStart trolley allows the newborn to be looked after at the bedside. The trolley is small, mobile and adjustable. The resuscitation surface enables the baby’s airway to be supported on a warm platform whilst leaving the umbilical cord intact.

Diagnosing more women with sphincter function disorder
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The group of muscles that form the anal sphincter can be torn or damaged during childbirth in up to 6% of women having a vaginal delivery, which can lead to long term consequences. Anorectal manometry has been shown to identify more women with sphincter function impairment than is currently possible with the endoanal ultrasound that is used at Kingston Hospital’s pelvic floor clinic. Acquiring a manometry machine will help identify those women that are affected, ensuring they receive appropriate counselling with regards to their management of postnatal faecal incontinence and delivery in subsequent pregnancies.

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