A specialised medical couch for patients undergoing prostrate biopsies has been donated to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
The transperineal medical couch, worth £13,720, was donated by the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group.
The couch will be central to the hospital’s recently-launched precision-point transperineal service, which allows prostate biopsies to be taken using local rather than general anaesthetic.
The innovative new urology service will transform the standard of care for patients by enabling safer and more effective biopsies, increasing capacity and reducing waiting times, the hospital said.
Dr Cristian Ilie, urology consultant and clinical lead, said the QEH was “enormously grateful” for the donation.
“Launching the precision-point transperineal service has had a positive impact on both patients and staff and the new couch will further improve the care our patients receive,” Mr Ilie said.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to them and their generous donors.”
The cancer support group previously donated couches to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston.
Support group chairman John Ladd said: “We have already seen the tremendous benefits to patients by their use of the couch at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and now men in the whole of Norfolk and North Suffolk will have the gold standard for prostate biopsies.
“They deserve no less.”