Diamond appeal success for hospital
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 July 2011
A LIFE-SAVING piece of equipment has been unveiled at Weston General Hospital thanks to a successful fundraising campaign in the town.
The digital breast mammography machine has been purchased for £225,000 after a three-year drive to raise the money hit its target earlier this year.
Sports clubs, businesses and individuals all got in the act to help raise the cash under the banner of the hospital’s Diamond Appeal, launched to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the NHS.
The scanner will vastly speed up the imaging service, which previously used X-ray images processed onto film.
It will mean patients will be seen sooner and the results of scans should take days, not weeks. For some, this quicker service could mean the difference between life and death.
The hospital’s director of workforce and corporate service, Alison Kingscott, said: “This would have not been possible if it was not for the hard work and support of dozens of schools, clubs, organisations and individuals across North Somerset.
“We thank you very sincerely for really entering into the spirit of the Diamond Appeal and joining in or organising hundreds of fundraising events over the past three years to bring us to this exciting moment.”
Weston Mayor Cyril King was the guest of honour at the unveiling of the machine at the X-Ray department last week.
He was joined by individuals and organisations who had donated at least £1,000 each to the appeal.
She said: “Weston General Hospital is now able to offer a state-of-the-art mammography service with improved technology and improved patient experience.
“We and the women of North Somerset are grateful to you now and will remain so in the years to come.”
CAP - Pictured are specialist radiographer Sarah Venn Adams, medical director and consultant breast surgeon Nick Gallegos, lead radiographer Sue Sanderson, chief executive Lorene Read.