Birstall BAGs' couch donation brings comfort to gynae patients

Birstall BAGs' couch donation brings comfort to gynae patients

Monday 15 July 2019

Gynaecology patients at the Leicester Royal Infirmary are benefitting from more comfortable and dignified clinical examinations thanks to a generous donation from Birstall BAGs.

The local cancer charity donated almost £9,000 to Leicester Hospitals Charity to help purchase a brand-new examination couch for the LRI’s Gynaecology Department and replace the previous model that has seen over 12 years of use.

The new couch features improved foot rests that can be adjusted for maximum convenience and comfort for patients, before gently tipping patients into lying positions to allow examinations to be carried out.

Gynacological Consultant Neelam Potdar says the new equipment is already having a clear positive impact for patients.

“This brilliant new examination couch is already being used regularly in my outpatients’ clinic,” Neelam explains.

“It offers patients who occasionally struggled with the previous couch the dignity they deserve. It reassures patients that we have suitably high-quality equipment in our clinic and helps to provide greater comfort and dignity for them during what can be an otherwise uncomfortable situation.

“This will help to improve the experience and care provided to women undergoing diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other conditions immensely.

“Huge thanks to Birstall BAGs for this amazingly kind donation. All of our staff sincerely appreciate their help.”

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Birstall BAGs’ Emma Shaw says the charity are delighted to be able to fund the new couch.

“We’d like to thank our supporters for their fundraising and for supporting us at our events – it’s their generosity that has made this donation possible.”

Birstall BAGs operates in and around Birstall and Leicestershire and seeks to bring people together to raise funds to support cancer services used by the local community.

The charity also takes every opportunity to raise the profile of cancer, particularly with regard to the signs and symptoms, recognising that early diagnosis of cancer really can save lives. Birstall BAGs works with other local charities to provide services that support members of the local community who are living with a diagnosis of cancer.