New medical equipment eases prostate pain

Limestone Coast men are now benefitting from a state-of-the-art machine which enables testing for prostate cancer to be undertaken at the Mount Gambier, Millicent and Naracoorte hospitals.

Limestone Coast Local Health Network Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery Paul Bullen (pictured) said his staff members were pleased to have the mobile transperineal biopsy machine (TBM) in the region and continue providing high quality prostate cancer services.

Mr Bullen said the first procedures had been performed at Mount Gambier Hospital. “Having this machine available to the local community benefits patients needing prostate cancer testing and ensures they can receive more comprehensive care, quicker diagnosis and earlier treatment without needing to travel long distances for this specialised service,” Mr Bullen said.

“We have upskilled three nursing staff from Millicent as part of their training in operating the machine, with a specialist representative providing further support to staff using the specialist medical equipment. “We have received positive feedback from staff about the training and procedures involved in providing this much-needed service to patients in the South East community.

“We look forward to providing this service to more communities in the Limestone Coast Local Health Network, with plans under way to offer this service at Millicent and Naracoorte. “The TBM involves an ultrasound-guided needle biopsy of the prostate gland by inserting a biopsy needle through the perineal skin into the prostate.”

Funding was provided by private donations, fundraising, grants from the three tiers of government and the Mail Bag Foundation.

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