Health hub boost thanks to club

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A new health hub in Peterborough will now be able to give specialist support for people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, thanks to a generous donation from the Peterborough Lions Club.

The new centre, based at the national office of the charity Shine, in Park Road will provide a free, one-stop health check and advisory service for people with these complex conditions.

Bladder problems can be a particular challenge for people with spina bifida. The generous donation of £4,500 from Peterborough Lions for a new bladder scanner will enable Shine’s specialist team to spot urinary problems which are a common cause of incontinence, infections and kidney damage that reduce quality of life, and can be life-threatening.

Gill Yaz, Shine’s health development manager, said: “People don’t realise just how serious bladder problems can be for someone with spina bifida.

“Thanks to this very generous donation from the Peterborough Lions Club, the new bladder scanner will help Shine’s specialist team to help our members manage their condition and prevent further problems from arising.”

Bill Peacock, President of the Peterborough Lions Club, commented: “I have never been touched so emotionally as I was on seeing the work of Shine.”

The clinics, which will run on a monthly basis, will enable members to have consultations with Shine’s health team - including specialists in mental health, continence management and occupational therapy.

This free service is open to all Shine adult members. Membership of Shine is free for anyone with spina bifida or hydrocephalus, family members and carers.

Find out more at http://www.shinecharity.org.uk/ or call 01733 555988.