Mobile lithotripsy unit brings relief to local patient

Mobile lithotripsy unit brings relief to local patient

In the bustling garden city of Ōtautahi Christchurch, a local resident received kidney stone treatment on the mobile lithotripsy unit, leaving a story of success and gratitude. Stewart Howden (pictured above) had been grappling with the excruciating pain of a kidney stone for several weeks. However, thanks to the mobile lithotripsy unit that visited his community, his pain is now a distant memory, and he’s back to living his day-to-day life.

Kidney stones are notoriously painful. With a history of kidney stones, Stewart knew straight away when he started to experience severe pain in his lower back and abdomen that he needed medical attention. Years ago, he was admitted to hospital, eventually passing the stone on his own. This time, he was diagnosed with an 11mm kidney stone and recommended lithotripsy as the most effective treatment option.

The lithotripsy unit is a mobile operating theatre equipped with a state-of-the-art lithotripter, the Storz Modulith SLX-F2. Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) is the process of introducing a shock wave from a source outside the body. The energy of the shock waves is targeted on a specified kidney stone, and repetitive shock waves break the kidney stone into small fragments during the course of the treatment. The lithotripsy unit is operated by four Medical Imaging Technologists (MITs) who are highly skilled and experienced professionals.

The treatment process itself was swift and painless. Stewart was carefully prepared for the treatment beforehand and made comfortable in the unit. The advanced technology used in lithotripsy ensured that the stone was precisely targeted, and within a short time, the stone had been successfully fragmented.

For Stewart, the treatment and removal of his kidney stone was a game-changer. “I am pain-free and back to my day-to-day life. I am confidently able to go to work knowing I won’t be interrupted by the pain,” he says.

Although he has other multiple stones in both kidneys and will likely be treated on the lithotripsy unit again in the future, Stewart feels at ease knowing that he is in good hands and says he wouldn’t hesitate to have the treatment again.

Reflecting on his experience, he had nothing but praise for the exceptional care he received. He felt that the care and expertise of the staff both on the lithotripsy unit and at Forte Health was of a high standard; and the technology and equipment onboard the mobile lithotripsy unit was “first rate”.

His story is a testament to the power of accessible healthcare and innovative medical solutions that are improving lives in communities across the country.

About Mobile Medical Technology
The mobile lithotripsy unit provides a mobile operating theatre environment with a dedicated lithotripsy machine for the treatment of kidney stones and other calcifications. The lithotripsy unit works on a four-week roster visiting the North Island for three weeks and the South Island for one week; travelling as far north as Whangarei and as far south as Dunedin.

Visit mobilemedical.co.nz for more information.

Mobile Lithotripsy Unit – virtual tour. Step inside!

Mobile Lithotripsy Unit – virtual tour. Step inside!

Mobile Medical Technology recently completed a virtual tour of the new Mobile Lithotripsy Unit. Go ahead, and take a self-guided virtual walk through the lithotripsy unit, where you can explore the theatre room, recovery room, staff kitchen and waiting room. Click on the interactive map to instantly move across spaces. 

New Mobile Lithotripsy Unit launched

New Mobile Lithotripsy Unit launched

After years of planning and hard work, our new state-of-the-art Mobile Lithotripsy Unit launched this month. The new unit was custom-built with durability and high performance in mind, both on the road and in the treatment room.

The lithotripter was successfully removed from the existing mobile lithotripsy unit and installed in its new home by a German engineer who flew from Switzerland to complete the job. Clinical upgrades include a new anaesthetic machine and reticulated gas system, and a positive pressure vehicle ventilation system for a cleaner treating environment. The treatment and control room are larger, and there is easier entry stairs for patients and staff. The floorplan has also been improved to allow better patient flow, increased accessibility to the staff kitchen and private workspace, and a larger area for the clinical team with an extra slide-out for seating.

Not only has the interior design been updated, but the exterior has also been enhanced with a strengthened overall design with subtle aesthetic tweaks. The vinyl wrap design has a modern touch with a strong brand identity that captures attention and increases brand awareness.

We are proud to bring our patients and staff a new lithotripsy unit that offers the latest technology to successfully treat patients with kidney stones, as well as a comfortable environment during their journey from beginning to end. The new unit will support staff to deliver high quality care and an efficient service to local areas.

Thank you to everyone involved in the project – Forestaire Automotive Climate Specialists and SAS (Rotorua), Pascal Nolte (service engineer from Germany, STORZ MEDICAL AG) and DB Signs (Tauranga).

Discover the new lithotripsy unit by checking out the photos below.


Progress of the new lithotripsy unit

Progress of the new lithotripsy unit

The new lithotripsy unit is currently under construction in Rotorua and is due to be completed in March 2021. The new unit will have a modern fit-out, will be clean and spacious and have enhanced features including upgraded equipment, increased floor space, re-configuration of rooms to improve staff flow, and an improved patient journey when entering and exiting the unit.

The build is making steady progress and we look forward to getting the new unit on the road next year! Check out some of the photos of the build…


The new lithotripsy unit rolls into Rotorua

The new lithotripsy unit rolls into Rotorua

Mobile Medical Technology’s lithotripsy unit has been on the road since 1995, has treated more than 12,500 patients, and is now servicing Rotorua.  

The lithotripsy unit currently visits ten different locations from Whangarei to Dunedin on a four-week cycle. As of March, the lithotripsy unit started treating patients at the new site in Rotorua. The 20 tonne unit parks up at the Southern Cross car park, where patients are admitted and monitored prior to and after their procedure.

This new site gives patients in the Bay of Plenty area a chance to receive Extra Corporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL) to treat their kidney stones. It also allows patients to be treated by their own urologist, close to home.

Mobile Health Chief Executive Mark Eager sees the direct benefits of sharing mobile with Rotorua. “Bringing the lithotripsy unit to Rotorua is a fantastic solution for Bay of Plenty patients. Because the ESWL treatment is a non-invasive procedure, and because they can be treated locally, receiving kidney stone treatment becomes a much less stressful experience for the patient.”