A much needed new ultrasound scanner will be bought for Royal Preston Hospital after a generous donation from UK Healthcare made funds available.
The Rosemere Cancer Foundation can now buy a Sonosite M Turbo Ultrasound Machine for the ENT department at the hospital, a long running target. Now all patients can receive an ultrasound scan as part of the diagnostic process.
UK Healthcare donated £5,000 to the charity to help them secure the top of the range scanner which also comes with a top price. Costing a whopping £29,000, the new unit will allow the hospital to deliver a faster and more effective service.
Rosemere raises funds for equipment and services for cancer treatment in Lancashire and South Cumbria and helps to buy items too expensive for the NHS. A great service helping people in the area living with cancer to get the treatment they need as soon as possible.
The Royal Preston Hospital’s ENT Department offers a Rapid Access Neck Lump clinic which sees around 1,000 patients a year. Some 150 of them will be diagnosed with cancer. Every patient receives a biopsy from a specialist nurse but many may also require an ultrasound scan. Due to the lack of scanners only urgent cases are referred, delaying diagnosis.
Paula Richardson, of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “Cancer waits for no one and that is why it is so important to ensure that the people of Lancashire and South Cumbria have access to world class technology and treatment techniques as soon as possible.
“With help of UK Healthcare and a number of other benefactors, the patients of Royal Preston Hospital will be able to gain a full diagnosis sooner than ever before. It’s fantastic news and promises to improve the outcome for many patients.
“But the hard work doesn’t stop here. From championing holistic therapy to raising funds for one of the most important projects in world prostate cancer research, the fight continues. We’re glad we have organisations like UK Healthcare in our corner.”
UK Healthcare provide regular charitable donations to health-related charities.