Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, the only charity committed to supporting active cancer treatment for people in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid Wales, have funded a new bladder scanner for the radiotherapy department at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
As part of the charity’s small grants funding (projects costing up to £10,000), the new bladder scanner will allow a more accurate reading, and will prevent a further C T Scan, and therefore increase capacity in the department allowing patients with bladder, prostate, gynaecological or colo-rectal tumours to have access to this enhanced scanning equipment. In 2019, 320 patients required treatment for Pelvic Radiotherapy, all of these patients could have benefited from the new scanner.
Lingen Davies have funded £7,058 to purchase the scanner during a difficult year for all charities. This is testament to the charity’s continued support of local cancer services and commitment to ensuring cancer patients in their region have access to the best possible care.
Louise Killey, Head of Radiotherapy, thanked Lingen Davies “the purchase of an additional bladder scanner will make such a difference to both the patients and the staff. It will facilitate increased effectiveness as patients can be scanned promptly, increasing the efficiency of the radiotherapy process and reducing delays. All of the staff in the radiotherapy department are exceedingly grateful to all of the hard work Lingen Davies do to raise money to purchase radiotherapy equipment enabling us to deliver advanced radiotherapy.”
Helen Knight, Development Manager at Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, added “We are so pleased to once again purchase equipment, which is above and beyond, allowing local cancer patients to receive quick and effective treatment. It is often these small pieces of technology that can make a real difference. The charity remains focused and committed to supporting the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre, where so many of our loved ones are treated daily”.
The charity are currently focusing on raising money to fund the purchase of a new CT scanner and the build of 3 new clinic rooms. Both projects aimed at meeting the increased need for more space, and capacity to treat more patients. National cancer centres are preparing to see a backlog of undiagnosed cancer cases, due to covid – these projects will help to ease the demand on services.
To find out more about Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and how to get involved, please visit their website www.lingendavies.co.uk or call the fundraising office on 01743 492396.