Date published: 25 May 2018
A new state of-the-art Doppler ultrasound machine has been installed at Welton Family Health Centre.
The equipment will help local patients, as it can diagnose many conditions such as blood clots, blocked arteries, heart valve defects and congenital heart disease.
West Lindsey District Councillor Mrs Diana Rodgers awarded a grant of £2,162 to the centre to buy the equipment as part of her Councillor Initiative Fund.
The fund enables councillors to support projects in their local community.
Cllr Mrs Rodgers was thrilled to be shown how the equipment works on a recent visit to the surgery. She said: “The Doppler machine is a brilliant piece of equipment, and I’m so pleased that it has been installed in the Family Health Centre.
“I was approached by the surgery with a request to assist with the project, and I had no hesitation in using my remaining initiative fund allocation towards funding the machine.”
The Welton Family Health Centre provides services for more than 9,000 patients in Dunholme, Welton, and the surrounding area. The equipment can be used locally, it avoids hospital referrals, reduces waiting times, patients get quicker results, and start treatment much earlier.
A Doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive test that can be used to estimate the blood flow through your blood vessels by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating red blood cells. Unlike a regular ultrasound which uses sound waves to produce images, a Doppler ultrasound can also show blood flow.
Nadina Prestedge, Practice Manager at Welton Family Health Centre was delighted to receive the funds towards the new machine, she said: “The new Doppler ultrasound machine will make a real life-changing difference to the practice, and we greatly appreciate being awarded the grant.
“Having the new Doppler machine means any nurse or healthcare assistant will be able to use the machine with training, as opposed to only one part-time nurse that we currently have, this will give patients more flexibility for appointments and we will be able to treat more patients.”
The Doppler machine benefits patients in many other ways, such as a reduced waiting time and the machine may even be taken on home visits if required – greatly aiding those who would otherwise struggle to visit the practice.
If you are interested in finding out more about grants and funding available from the council you can visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/my-services/my-community/grants-and-funding/