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Launch of £1.5m radiotherapy charitable appeal

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The ambitious launch of our £1.5m radiotherapy charitable appeal is on Friday 7 July, 10am-1pm in our atrium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The radiotherapy charitable appeal aims to fundraise to purchase a computed tomography (CT) scanner and install new computer planning systems.

The radiotherapy department currently provides 21000 radiotherapy sessions annually and sees 1200 new patients a year. The CT scanner is the first step in planning all radiotherapy treatment, and enables doctors to define the treatment target using sophisticated planning computers. A CT scanner produces detailed images of many structures inside the body, including the internal organs, blood vessels and bones. 

A CT scanner can be used to:

·         Diagnose conditions – damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, detect problems with blood flow, strokes and cancer.

·         Guide further tests or treatments – for example, CT scans can help to determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy, or allow a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess.

·         Monitor conditions – including checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment

If you would like to donate or learn more about the campaign you can visit the MyDonate page or the Northmid Radiotherapy Fund website. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the fundraising group please contact northmid.radiotherapy@nhs.net or  call 020 8887 3991.

All are invited to come along to the event

Libby McManus, Chief Executive, added “I am delighted to launch this appeal, having this new CT scanner will ensure we can meet future growing demand and increase our diagnostic capacity. High-level scanners cost upwards of £1m and we need continued support if we are to carry on giving our patients the very best in world-class diagnostic facilities.

Now that we have formally launched the appeal we hope the support from across the community will gather momentum.

Trust staff are already getting behind this and are showing their support through all sorts of events.  The momentum behind the appeal from the radiology department and wider organisation is already fantastic.”