Husband funds equipment to help hospital kidney patients

Donation: Brian with the scanner and renal team
Donation: Brian with the scanner and renal team
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The husband of a Lancashire kidney patient who passed away has donated £11,000 towards a new ultrasound scanner for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals as a thank you to the staff who cared for his wife.

Brian Watson’s wife Eileen contracted a kidney disease, which unfortunately didn’t respond to treatment.

Eileen was looked after by the renal team before she died at Royal Preston Hospital in June last year.

The Sonosite NanoMaxx portable ultrasound scanner means renal nurses can now examine the veins and the arteries in the arm more closely and without having to use an invasive procedure.

This means it is less traumatic and more comfortable for patients.

Brian donated the money along with his children Esther and Paul. Brian said: “Like many people, I had a very limited knowledge of kidney diseases and how devastating they can be.

“My eyes were opened during Eileen’s illness. The whole family was devastated by her loss at the age of 66 and we wanted to do something that would benefit other kidney disease patients.

“I asked the renal team if there was a specific piece of equipment that would help the unit and was told about this ultrasound scanner.

“It is my privilege and honour to be able to commemorate my wife by making a donation towards this equipment to benefit patients in the future.”

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