The Trust became aware that many patients suffer discomfort or distress during treatment when there is a difficulty in finding a vein. This was brought to the Trust’s attention by a local patient.
Following research into the problem it was discovered that there is a piece of medical equipment called a vein finder which can help. The vein finder provides a laser computer image of the position of the veins.
The vein finder needs to be attached to a stand for regular hospital use and there are two types of these stands available. The one type is a fixed stand for placement in a haematology unit and the other one is a mobile stand which is ideal for wheeling up and down a ward.
The Trust has purchased several of these vein finders together with their appropriate stands for several hospitals.
Cheltenham Hospital’s Rendcomb Ward
Cheltenham Hospital’s Lillybrook Ward
Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Edward Jenner Ward
Gloucester Royal Hospital’s Children’s Outpatient Department