Nursing Staff Walk Over 23 Miles to Raise Money for Medical Equipment
Five Women, Five Weeks, One Mission.
Five members of nursing staff from the Department of Medicine for the Elderly at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley, walked over 23 miles in Glasgow’s Kiltwalk, successfully raising over £3000 for a medical bladder scanner.
Dressed in tartan leggings and matching team “Bladder Mission” t-shirts, staff nurses Jillian McCairns, Ashley Weir, Catherine Docherty, and nursing auxiliaries Janice Stafford and Josephine Queen left bright and early from Glasgow Green and headed to Moss O’Balloch on Sunday 29 April for the biggest ever Kiltwalk to date, with over 10,000 individuals taking part.
Taking place annually, the Kiltwalk allows for participants to raise money for any cause they wish, receiving an additional 40% boost from Sir Tom Hunter and the Hunter Foundation.
Speaking to STV, Sir Tom Hunter said: “Every one of the 10,000 people has a story. It’s really heart-warming, it really shows that Scotland cares. So, thank you, Scotland for your Kiltwalk kindness.”
Signing up for the event with just over a month to train, the five women not only supported one another, but were constantly encouraged by friends and family.
Nursing auxiliary Josephine Queen said: “My granddaughter Miya made sure I did plenty of walking for the five weeks beforehand. It was very hard going for the last six miles, but with determination and encouragement from my fellow teammates I managed to finish.”
Staff nurse Jillian McCairns echoed her co-worker’s comments saying: “My partner and mum had been fantastic, going on walks with me every night and encouraging me. At the end, I just felt so proud of us all for putting ourselves out there and completing the walk for a great cause.”
Speaking of team Bladder Mission, McCairns added: “We felt we needed a bladder scanner for the ward that the NHS would not fund because it is not considered critical for our roles.”
A bladder scanner is a small, non-invasive, hand-held piece of machinery, much like an ultrasound, and is used to show how much fluid is in a patient’s bladder. Such equipment gives a definitive diagnosis of urinary retention, which if left undiagnosed can be extremely dangerous. With no bladder scanner in the ward, patients need to be taken to Accident and Emergency, which is located in a separate building within the hospital.
Money raised for the bladder scanner will now enable nurses in the ward to quickly and effectively diagnose patients in a non-invasive manner, avoiding potentially dangerous medical issues.