Breast cancer patients at King’s Mill Hospital will benefit from a quicker diagnosis after big hearted volunteers raised £20,000 for a new ultra-sound machine.
The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group has donated the cash for a second scanning machine for the Breast Care Unit.
The machine costing £58,286 enables more “one stop” appointments so that patients attending King’s Mill can have their assessment completed without having to wait for a follow-up appointment.
Beryl Perrin, chairman of the group said: ““I want to thank everyone who has donated and helped us raise the £20,000. I think they have been magnificent. All the money has been raised by local people for the benefit of local breast cancer patients.”
The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group was founded 20 years ago by 12 King’s Mill Breast Cancer patients who felt help was needed for patients that went beyond the pure medical care given by the hospital.
The Amazon group helps new patients and those discharged from the hospital and has so far donated more than £160,000 of new equipment.
Among the other charitable donors who contributed towards the purchase of the machine were Angela McCreadie and Wendy Broughton who fund-raise for breast and prostate cancer under the title of “Breast and Balls”.
Committee member Angela Whawell said; “The ultrasound machine is already in situ and up and working.
The clinicians said they needed a second machine so when patients come to the mammogram department they can have a nother look at them and do another biopsy if needed. They don’t have to go away and come back again.
“It makes things much quicker and easier for the patient.”
The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month (except in August) from 7.30pm to 9.00pm in the Amazon Lounge, Clinic 14, Women and Childrens Centre, Red Tower. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the group will have a stall in the Idlewells Centre, Sutton for patients to visit.