Kidneys are the silent partner to good health. They play a massive role in the overall maintenance of general wellbeing and a healthy body. While bones can break, muscle can waste away and the brain can sleep without risk to life, if both kidneys fail, bone, muscle or brain cannot carry on. (Kidney Health Australia)
Currently, the Sunshine Coast has one of the highest numbers of renal patients in the state and unlike the Gold Coast University Hospital, RBWH and Princess Alexander Hospitals, Nambour, until now, hasn’t had the ability to conduct onsite reporting of renal biopsies.
With the help from Wishlist and Frangipani Dreams, the first IF microscope and camera is being purchased for Nambour Hospital.
Nambour Hospital Pathology Queensland position staff specialist Joanna Perry-Keene said with the new microscope and camera, time with patients will be more personalised and immediate.
“This equipment will allow the tests to be conducted here, reducing delays for patients in providing results and commencing treatment,” Ms Perry-Keene said.
“Ultimately the quicker a diagnosis is done, a treatment path determined and instigated, the likelihood of the patient reaching end-stage renal disease (requiring dialysis) is decreased.”
Nambour currently has 60-70 biopsies each year, (1-2 per week) which are then sent off to Brisbane Hospitals (who already have their own busy units) for reporting with unintentional delay due to transportation. With the help of an on-site IF microscope and camera, results could now be processed the same day at Nambour Hospital.
In many kidney diseases, the patient’s own immune system attacks the kidneys. This special microscope and camera can give a diagnosis by looking at the tissue with fluorescent antibodies and a different light that shows exactly what these immune reactions are doing in the patient’s kidney. This information determines what might be wrong with a patient with not only renal issues but other diseases as well.
Frangipani Dreams Acting President Glenda Boyce says this donation is in honour of former Frangipani Dreams president Moy Sweetman who passed away late 2013.
“Moy helped so many terminally ill people (through Frangipani Dreams),” Ms Boyce said.
“She would have loved that we are donating this equipment and hopefully a lot of people will benefit from it.”
The microscope and camera will benefit not only renal patients and physicians, by improving access and turnaround times and facilitate onsite reporting but also dermatology cases in the future (a new clinical service for Nambour).
Currently, Nambour Pathology Queensland staff are in the first stages of training with the support of The Princess Alexandra Hospital team. The new microscope and camera is planned for patient use in early 2015.
At Wishlist, we are committed to improving local public health services and this can’t be done without support and help from local communities.