Mandeville Regional Hospital receives health machine

Hospital staff at work
Hospital staff at work (Photo credit: Irwan Owe)

Patients suffering from prostate and bladder issues will benefit from a resectoscope that was recently donated to the Mandeville Regional Hospital by the Manchester Wellness Foundation. The donation was made on Monday 16 May 2022, and will be used in the hospital’s Urology Department.

According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) based in the United States of America, a resectoscope is a thin, tube-like instrument used to remove tissue from inside the body. The Urology Care Foundation notes that urology deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the reproductive organs. It has a light and a lens for viewing and uses electricity to cut, remove, or destroy tissue and control bleeding. In men, the device is inserted through the urethra into the bladder or prostate while in women, it is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. It can be used to relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate or to treat diseases of the bladder, prostate, and uterus.

This device was well received by the hospital’s Consultant Urologist, Dr K. Sean Jones. “Thank you very much Manchester Wellness Foundation as we move forward with the operations of the department. This is what we started using in the twentieth century and we are now in the twenty-first century, so we are already one century behind but thank God we made it this far and we plan to add item by item to our repertoire,” said Dr Jones.

The CEO for the hospital, Alwyn Miller, was also grateful to the Foundation for the donation. “Some years ago, one of my colleagues made the point of the value of having the appropriate equipment in the hands of a specialist who knows how to use it in terms of the intervention that can be made in the interest of patient care,” Miller said.  “We are thankful that we have Dr Jones who is a part of our surgical team and who has given us guidance in terms of equipment that can help in his particular service to many members of the population, not only in Manchester but across the region. As he said it is not available in many hospitals which points to the value in terms of it in his hands and in terms of the intervention it can make with patients,” Miller added.

The CEO praised the Foundation for its dedication to assisting health facilities in the parish, noting that the organization was able to raise funds through a raffle despite the cancellation of its two main fundraising activities, due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

The Foundation was established in 2003 and since its inception, has donated more than J$20 million to health institutions in Manchester, with the mission of supporting health and wellness facilities in Manchester and promoting holistic wellness.


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