A generous donation from a cancer support group which meets in Ellesmere Port will allow a local NHS trust to test for bladder conditions.

Kenny Henderson, community urology nurse specialist for the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, received the £8,000 donation of a new bladder scanner from the Wirral and North Cheshire Prostate Cancer Support Group.

The trust says bladder scanning forms part of the assessment in its new male bladder function clinics and can assist in the diagnosis of a variety of continence and medical conditions.

It can also help in the assessment and diagnosis of conditions which in some instances can be as a result of prostate cancer.

The new service, which also caters for men who have had surgery for prostate cancer, is part of the existing, well established continence advisory service which covers all areas of West Cheshire, including Ellesmere Port and Neston. This allows patients to choose care closer to home.

Calvin Wood, chairman of the support group, was diagnosed with prostate cancer 14 years ago and has been actively involved in raising awareness of prostate cancer and developing the group.

Members from the group, which meets at the Healthy Living Centre on Civic Way in Ellesmere Port on the last Saturday of the month between 10am and noon, have been involved in the development of new services planned by the trust offering the patient’s point of view.