19 February 2007
Harefield Hospital’s strong support base of patients, relatives, friends and staff will celebrate the arrival of a powerful 64-slice CT scanner this Friday, marking the end of a £700,000 fundraising campaign.
The highly-advanced scanner is able to capture a patient’s heart at a rate of 200 images per second. These images are then processed on a computer to generate a 3-D image that can be viewed from any angle. This superior technology will improve patient care by enabling doctors to diagnose the onset of coronary heart disease in some patients without the use of invasive procedures. Its super-speed capability will also benefit patients with lung disease who will have to hold their breath for much less time.
Consultant cardiothoracic radiologist at Harefield Hospital, Dr Tarun Mittal, explains:
“The new scanner will improve patients’ experiences by reducing the need for catheter angiography. The latter is an invasive procedure that requires patients to stay in a hospital bed for the day.
“With the 64-slice scanner, patients can be assessed in around 30 minutes, on an outpatient basis. This is not only more convenient for patients but also allows the hospital to manage its resources more effectively – by freeing capacity in the catheter laboratories and on the wards.”
The 64-slice scanner replaces a four-slice scanner which was installed in 1999. The fundraising campaign was launched by Joan Morecambe, wife of the late comedian Eric Morecambe, in August 2005 and over the past 18-months Harefield Hospital’s supporters have participated in a wide range of activities to raise funds.
Director of fundraising, Jennifer Walton, explains: “Since the appeal opened our supporters have been climbing mountains, swimming oceans, catching fish, barbequing sausages and performing concerts in a tremendous effort to raise money. Every contribution, large or small, took us a step closer to achieving our goal.”
She continues: “I have been delighted with the number of individuals and small groups who raised money in creative, enjoyable and healthy ways. Last year for example, two young brothers organised a football penalty shootout while their father was in Harefield Hospital and raised £340 in sponsorship.”
The Harefield Fun Runs in 2005 and 2006 were very successful with over 1,500 people taking part and just under £100,000 raised. Many of the participants, who wore distinctive blue and white Fun Run shirts, had previously had heart or lung surgery at Harefield Hospital.
“On behalf of the Trust, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part in fundraising activities, and the families of those who kindly donated money. The new scanner will help Harefield Hospital provide state-of-the-art services to patients and maintain its reputation for pioneering research,” says Walton.
Note to editors:
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is a centre for excellence in the research, diagnosis and treatment of heart and lung disease. At Harefield Hospital we undertake diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of adult cardiac diseases including coronary artery disease, simple and complex valvular diseases, and heart failure. Similarly the whole spectrum of thoracic diseases including lung cancers and end-stage lung diseases are treated at this hospital. The hospital is famous for several pioneering procedures in its field and is served by several internationally renowned physicians and surgeons.
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