Urology patients are now benefiting from specialist equipment after a funding boost of around £45,000.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund funded the Odyssey 30 Holmium Laser which treats patients with kidney and ureteric stones.
Consultant urologist, Iain Campbell, has led the service along with consultant urologist, Steven Finney.
Mr Campbell (left, with staff nurse Helen Moxham and sister Shirley Martin) said: “This is the most modern way to treat stones and the most effective.
“The new laser makes treating kidney stones much easier and it’s essentially safer than the previous method of treatment.
“Previously, some patients had to go to other hospitals so being able to treat the majority of patients locally is a big plus.
“The equipment means we can offer improved methods of treatment to our patients.”
The equipment means more people are now being treated as day cases.
Mr Campbell added: “We treat almost 100 patients each year currently so this new equipment is a great benefit to our service.
“Without funding from the charity, it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fund this specialist equipment.
“The whole urology unit is very grateful to trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund for the support and help in setting up this service, which has been a great benefit for patients on the Fylde coast.
“In the future we hope to further the service by treating patients who have small tumours with the laser. For example, those who aren’t suitable for general anaesthetic.”
Sister, Shirley Martin, said: “It’s great that we are now using up-to-date technology.
“The new laser is easy to use and the whole team plays a part in the service. We follow strict safety instructions controlled by Christie Hospital.
“Patients seem more comfortable and feel better quicker.”