Kind donation to help patients in pain

Patients attending the pain management clinic at Pilgrim hospital in Boston can now make use of a state-of-the-art denervation machine – thanks to a generous donation from an historic town charity.

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Boston’s League of Hospital Friends kindly purchased the new equipment for the team – which uses radiofrequencies to deliver innovative heat treatment to help soothe enflamed nerves in patients’ joints.

The charitable group regularly raise funds and donate items to departments at Pilgrim Hospital – which is part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust – and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management, Tracey Potter said this latest piece of kit will make a real difference for patients.

“We are extremely pleased to receive the kind donation from the league of friends. Radiofrequency denervation is a specialised injection procedure which uses heat to alter the function of the nerves that supply certain joints,” said Tracey.

“It will allow us to provide safe and effective treatment in an efficient way, which will ultimately help to reduce pain for patients.

“We’re very grateful for the support and the team have all had training on the new machine which has already been successfully used for patients.”

Pilgrim hospital’s pain department provides a variety of treatments for patients suffering with chronic pain.

The new machine cost just over £15,000 and Friends Secretary, Janet Sharman said:  “The Boston League of Hospital Friends has been in existence for more than 60 years and purchases equipment and amenities which enhances inpatient and outpatient treatment for people attending Pilgrim hospital.

“This new machine will enable more patients to be seen because the treatment time will be reduced and the pain team have now been able to extend their service to include patients who have chronic painful knee and shoulder joints and are unfit for surgery.”