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Herefordshire’s men have had an early Christmas present - a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine to help detect prostate cancer.
Cheltenham-based charity ROBOCAP awarded Wye Valley NHS Trust £33,000 to help cover the cost of the £65,000 scanner.
It means the Trust’s urology team can now offer a one-stop assessment clinic for men with a raised Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - a blood test designed to screen patients for prostate cancer.
Consultant urologist, Graham Sole, at Wye Valley NHS Trust said: “The benefits of this machine are huge to our patients and I thank ROBOCAP for contributing to the purchase. This was a substantial donation and will make a massive difference to the Trust.”
Fellow consultant urologist, Wasim Mahmalji, at Wye Valley NHS Trust added: “The new machine will be used for prostate biopsy and is much better than the machine it has replaced. It views the prostate in two planes and with further investment we shall be able to fuse these ultrasound images with MRI images”.
David Sparrey, Trustee of ROBOCAP, said: “The machine will undoubtedly be of huge benefit to urology patients and give a more timely diagnosis of prostate cancer. We’re very pleased to be involved with the purchase of this new machine and will continue to raise money locally to support the department with its future plans.”
Left to right: David Sparrey ROBOCAP representative, Stacy Turner Macmillan Nurse Specialist, Graham Sole Consultant Urologist, Wasim Mahwalji Consultant Urologist and Howard Pitts ROBOCAP representative.
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