New pieces of equipment for Chatham-Kent Health Alliance’s urology program at the Chatham and Wallaceburg sites should provide patients with more local services, the program’s doctor has said.
Dr. Hamidreza Abdi said the urodynamics machine in Chatham and bladder scanner in Wallaceburg “will affect the quality of care that we provide” at the two sites.
The urodynamics machine, which Abdi said has been in use since late September, is used to investigate how the bladder is functioning. Abdi said it can help find the exact problem with a patient, such as overactive bladder or incontinence.
“It’s interesting to note that usually there is a long waiting list in academic centres to have this test done,” he said. “Now with this new machine we can do two to three per week, which is quite impressive for the area.”
Patients from Chatham-Kent were previously going to Sarnia to use the machine.
Abdi said he is now actually getting referrals from Sarnia, which means it’s “a good thing for the region,” and not just Chatham.