BIG-HEARTED hospital volunteers are launching an £85,000 fundraising campaign to buy much-needed medical equipment that will benefit patients at King’s Mill.
The hospital’s volunteers are hoping to raise the cash to buy a cardiovascular ultrasound machine with probe.
This useful piece of specialist equipment will be used by staff in the Cardiorespiratory and Vascular department and will speed up examinations and provide quicker results.
Department manager Lynne Knowles said: “This is a very worthwhile campaign and we are extremely grateful for all the support, hard work and dedication of our volunteers for continuing to help us provide the best possible care for our patients.”
The fundraising drive started yesterday with a cake stall set up in the King’s Treatment Centre.
Patients and visitors tucked into the wide variety of both homemade and bought cakes that were donated and which included colourful cupcakes, tasty fairy cakes, flapjacks and traditional sponge cakes.
Tracey Brassington, customer services manager at King’s Mill, said that the support for the hospital from volunteers and the community is ‘fantastic’.
“The fundraisers help us make a real difference to the care that people receive when they visit the hospital,” she said.
“This is another way volunteers can get involved to support the hospital.”
The cardiovascular ultrasound machine is a premium system designed to provide outstanding high resolution 2D and 3D images of blood vessels.
Its many capabilities include examination of arteries that supply blood flow to the brain, which if blocked can lead to a stroke, and examinations of veins in the legs which can determine the source and severity of varicose veins.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the fundraising campaign or offer their help should call the Customer Services team on 01623 672222.