The Friends of Stracathro visited Stracathro Hospital last midweek, to officially hand over Photodynamic Diagnostic (PDD) and digital endoscopic equipment for the urinary tract which is the first of its kind in the UK.
PDD is a non-invasive diagnostic technique for detecting surface tumours of urinary tract.
The patient is given a photosensitizer drug and then is scanned with a blue light.
Red fluorescence from the tumour activated by photosensitizer is detected with a camera fitted with a special filter and displayed on a screen. Cancerous lesions show up as fluorescent areas.
PDD can detect more tumours than standard white light endoscopy.
The Friends’ donation of £76,000 allowed the purchase of a digital flexible PDD cystoscope, a digital flexible ureterorenoscope and a flexible PDD ureterorenoscope.
A digital flexible cystoscope is an endoscope used to examine the bladder giving an excellent magnified view, which is more precise compared with a standard cystoscope.
The cystoscope donated by the Friends is unique as it has a digital option of using Photodynamic Diagnosis to detect bladder cancer and it is the first in the UK.
The cystoscope can replace the need for biopsies of the bladder carried out under general anaesthetesia with endoscopy under local anaesthesia for some patients.
The flexible digital ureterorenoscope donated by The Friends is a tool for direct endoscopic visualisation of the ureter and the kidney.
It is the smallest digital endoscope available and also a first in the UK.
It is used to diagnose and treat urinary cancer as well as urinary stones. The flexible PDD ureterorenoscope can be used to detect urinary cancer of the kidney and the ureter.
NHS Tayside has been using this diagnosis technique since 2009 and is considered as a world leader.
Early detection of this kind of cancer cancer can result in endoscopic kidney preserving treatment as opposed to removal of the kidney which is still standard management even for tiny cancers.
NHS Tayside Consultant Urological Surgeon Mr Slawomir Kata said: “All endoscopes kindly donated by Friends of Stracathro rank Stracathro Hospital among the best equipped endourological centres in the UK.”
Chairperson of The Friends of Stracathro Hospital Mrs Ruth Leslie Melville said: “The Friends of Stracathro are absolutely delighted to fund this vital and ground-breaking equipment.
“We are extremely proud to have this first for the UK and we appreciate the support and the marvellous work that Mr Kata carries out to ensure the early detection of cancers of urinary tract and minimally invasive effective and safe treatment of urinary stones.”
The Friends of Stracathro continue to be staunch supporters of the Hospital and they have, over the years, generously donated many items of equipment which have benefited patients from Angus and across Tayside.