The Emergency Department (ED) at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has raised £8k over the past two years for a new bladder scanner. The scanner is a non-invasive portable ultrasound device that measures the amount of urine left in the bladder of a patient; this helps clinicians to quickly and correctly diagnose medical conditions such as kidney and urinary infections.
As part of the fundraising drive, the team recreated a production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, an idea initiated by Georgie Brown a Lead Nurse in the ED and Acute Medical Unit.
Georgie said “Putting on ‘Joseph’ was a great team building exercise. It was fantastic fun and everyone got involved both on-stage and behind the scenes, and not forgetting our colleagues who covered the Emergency Department during rehearsals and the performance itself. It was a real team effort”
The show successfully raised £2k with special thanks to the Abbey School in Reading, who kindly provided all the facilities.
Ali Eatwell, Sister in the ED (who produced and directed the show) said: “We really couldn’t have made the show such a success without the support of The Abbey school. They provided all the facilities to stage ‘Joseph’ free of charge and were incredibly flexible and accommodating, we cannot thank them enough.”
The ED team undertook a number of other initiatives in the drive to raise the necessary funds for the Bladder Scanner, including half marathons and charity bike rides.