Please help us raise £115,000 to fund 6 high-definition videoscopes

We need your help to raise £115,000 to fund 6 high-definition videoscopes to provide a new ‘one-stop’ diagnostic service for head and neck cancer patients.

These specialist scopes will provide doctors with the best quality images to assess and diagnose patients who have been referred with a suspicious lump on the head or neck.

The new equipment will enable head and neck cancers to be diagnosed faster and enable patients to receive the treatment they need more quickly. The scopes can also be used to diagnose other conditions like nasal polyps, sinusitis, nodules on the vocal cords and cysts.

Currently, patients have to visit multiple departments across the Hospital for diagnostic checks. This development will enable everything to happen in one place meaning a less stressful, more efficient, and ultimately better service for over 1,200 head and neck patients each year.

The new service will be led by the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) and Maxillo Facial teams. ENT consultant and Stars Appeal Ambassador, Mr Simon Dennis, says: “The state-of-the-art scopes will transform the service that the ENT team and I can offer to our head and neck patients who are concerned that they may have a cancer. The one-stop clinic will enable us to see the patient, perform an ultrasound and a scope looking at their upper airway on the same day.

“The new scopes will provide a far superior image quality and give us the best chance of diagnosing cancers on the first visit, which will be better for patients, giving them greater reassurance, and will mean they can get their treatment quicker. We will also be using the scopes for our other patients so all patients that come through our department who need this investigation for benign conditions as well as cancers will benefit from these scopes. Please support the Stars Appeal and help to make this and other important projects across the Hospital possible.”

If you would like to make a specific donation to support this project please get in touch with us.

You can find out more about the other projects we’re currently fundraising for by clicking here.

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