Thanks to the generosity of a $20,000 donation from RBC Foundation, the surgical program at Langley Memorial Hospital has received a new cystoscope.
Photo: RBC representatives Stacey Bedore, Amanda Hough, Clay Charbonneau, Roberto Farina, Luke Berard, Doug Turner and Jeff Farrell with Crystl Bergunder-McKay (LPN, Surgical Department, Langley Memorial Hospital)
A cystoscope (a thin, telescope-like tube with a light and tiny camera attached) is used to conduct a diagnostic test called a cystoscopy, which is a procedure that allows a physician to see the inside of the lower urinary tract. This procedure is used to evaluate and diagnose conditions such as bladder cancer, chronic pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, urinary stones, incontinence and overactive bladder.
The addition of the cystoscope to our surgical program has reduced patient wait times for a cystoscopy diagnostic procedure. This equipment gives our staff the ability to assess these patients in a timely manner, which means quicker diagnosis and treatment and results in better patient care.
Due to our aging population in Langley, there is an increasing demand for cystoscopies at Langley Memorial Hospital. Located in the Ambulatory Care Unit, the Cystoscopy Clinic performs almost 50 cystoscopies each week. The more scopes they have, the longer they last, as they can be rotated through on a continuous basis.
"We’re really grateful for the long-standing support of RBC Foundation. They have demonstrated a strong to commitment to our hospital and our community," acknowledges Kate Ludlam, Donor Relations, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.