COVID-19: As the mobile lithotripsy unit moves throughout New Zealand, we will observe the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) and district health board requirements for each area. These requirements will prioritise routine pre-procedure screening of patients to ensure we only treat lower risk of COVID-19 infection patients.
Non-invasive kidney stone treatment
The lithotripsy unit provides a mobile operating theatre environment with a dedicated state-of-the-art Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) machine for the treatment of kidney stones, as well as other urological procedures. While very effective, lithotripsy machines are expensive and most regions in New Zealand do not have a sufficient case load to justify the purchase of their own equipment. The solution was to mobilise a purpose-built unit, allowing equal access to suitable patients throughout New Zealand. Sharing the facility is cost-effective and the mobile service also allows patients to be treated by their own urologist, close to home.