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Building work at Weston General Hospital set to start as appeal reaches £300k

PUBLISHED: 11:37 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 22 November 2017

League of Friends chairman June Stephen and Trust chairman Grahame Paine with members of the radiography team.

League of Friends chairman June Stephen and Trust chairman Grahame Paine with members of the radiography team.

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More than £300,000 has been raised to buy a scanner for Weston General Hospital.

A major fundraising campaign was launched in April 2016 and Weston Area Health NHS Trust (WAHT) is now three-quarters of the way towards the sum needed to buy the potentially life-saving equipment for the hospital.

June Stephen, chairman of the hospital’s League of Friends, said: “We are absolutely delighted. Thank you, everyone, for your donations and your hard work in raising these much-needed funds.”

The digital scanner will allow the hospital to offer patients more appointments and provide increased diagnostic services for life-threatening conditions, including heart illnesses, cancer and chronic respiratory issues.

The fundraising appeal was launched in celebration of the Friends’ diamond jubilee and £400,000 is needed.

MORE: Friends delighted to pass £100,000-mark.

The cash would also leave the trust with some money to make improvements to diagnostic and consultation rooms.

WAHT chairman Grahame Paine said reaching the £300,000-mark meant some of the improvements can get underway.

He said: “With this particular sum of money we can now actually start the building work.

“This will include a third digital X-ray room with computerised units which will provide a quicker and better examination, as well as a refurbished X-ray department and the creation of separate waiting areas for inpatients and outpatients.

“We also want to provide a new walk-in service where GPs can send patients here without the need for appointments, which will cut down on waiting times and travel.”

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However, despite the total now exceeding £335,000, Mr Paine said the trust still needs the public’s help.

He said: “Please, please don’t stop giving now. We need the help of you, the public, to give money and take us to our goal.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, but the end result will be worth every penny to both our patients and our staff.”

To donate to the appeal, visit www.waht.nhs.uk or text SCAN16 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070. Cheques, payable to the The League of Friends of Weston General Hospital, can be sent to Sophie Carlier at the hospital.

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