Fundraising appeal to be launched

06 August 2007

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity is launching a £900,000 fundraising appeal to buy a new Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner for the hospital.

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity is launching a £900,000 fundraising appeal to buy a new Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner for the hospital.

The hospital currently has one CT scanner which works flat out to scan up to 35 patients a day – last year CT scanning increased by 16% - and the Charity would like to provide a second machine so that more patients can be treated more quickly.

Patients who require CT scans include those admitted through the hospital’s Emergency Department after suffering head injuries, trauma or strokes, but also patients with conditions such as cancer as part of their overall treatment plan.

A second scanner will enable the hospital to undertake more complex and time-consuming procedures because currently emergency CT scans must take priority as staff have access to only one scanner.

Dr Margaret Phelan, Clinical Director for Anaesthetics & Imaging, says: “The purchase of a second CT scanner will enable the hospital to offer an improved service and prevent delays in imaging that can be critical to successful outcomes.

“For example, it is now established that having a CT scan within one hour of suffering a stroke can greatly improve the ultimate outcome of a patient.”

Diane Yeo, Chief Executive of Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity, says: “We are delighted to be launching this appeal because we believe that a second CT scanner will make a tangible difference to the care that the hospital provides for patients.”

How to donate

You can make a donation to the CT scanner appeal by clicking on the website link www.justgiving.com/cwhc/donate or by picking up a copy of the fundraising appeal leaflet which will be available in the hospital soon.

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