NURSES are helping patients put their best foot forward thanks to a new piece of equipment.

Abergele’s District Nurses have raised more than £5,000 to buy a new portable leg scanning Doppler. The piece of equipment will help Abergele’s District Nurses scan patients’ legs four times faster compared to manual scanning, allowing more time to care for patients.

The Doppler is used to measure blood flow in patients' limbs, helping check for how ulcers are healing.

It is also used to monitor blood flow in patients with vascular disease, where veins and arteries become damaged.

Abergele District Nursing team member Jayne Evans said: "It's going to reduce the time it takes to do our scans, with the new doppler taking much less time to scan.

“With this, patients also don't have to lie down for 20 minutes prior to being scanned either, which saves us even more time.

"It's mobile so we can take it to patients’ houses, rather than them coming to us, and is going to make a real difference to how we care for this group of patients."

Fundraising activities, run with support from Awyr Las, the North Wales NHS charity, included a team walk around Llyn Brenig and fundraising soul music nights by Mandy Roberts.

Nine-year-old Mia Potter, daughter of Case load holder Ruzha Potter, also raised more than £1,000 appealing to local builders merchants for funds.

The team are now continuing their fundraising to buy a new portable bladder scanner.

This can help reduce the risk of infection.