Press release – November 23 2017
Gift to the county’s chemotherapy patients
Patients undergoing chemotherapy at Hereford County Hospital are set to benefit after a generous £20,000 donation from the Raising the roof for Renton committee which held a dinner.
The money means patients can now be offered a simpler process when they have a permanent line (peripherally inserted central catheter – PICC line) in their arms for chemotherapy.
Until recently staff had to use an ultrasound machine to judge the size of a suitable vein and watch the needle entering the vein to ascertain where the line could be inserted.
But using the new equipment, hospital staff will not only be able to do that, they will also be able to tell where the tip of the line is at all times and indicate if it is going in the right direction and when in, make sure it is in the perfect position.
With this new method the patient will no longer need an X-ray after the procedure, which will save the patient time and discomfort.
Kathryn Williams, who led the committee to organise and host the event, said: “Everybody knows somebody that has been to the Macmillan Renton Unit. We asked what would be useful to the nursing team if they had the available funds and the PICC placer was mentioned and so we set about raising the £20,000 needed to buy it, not realising we would far exceed that amount.”
Anne Mitchell, acute oncology lead for the hospital, said: “Our patients are set to benefit hugely from this purchase and I would like to pass on our thanks and gratitude to Kathryn and the team for their hard work in raising the money. This will make a huge difference to the unit and help us deliver a more time efficient and accurate service.”
The dinner raised more than £30,000 in total with the extra money going towards further equipment to assist the hospital’s urology department which is looking to improve and advance the service provided to patients.
With the recent introduction of the template biopsy service - a far more accurate and quicker way of diagnosing prostate cancer - the urology team now wants to offer a one-stop clinic for patients, providing an enhanced assessment for the early diagnosis of all urological problems including cancers, meaning that patients will be seen and receive same day diagnostic tests in clinic with the diagnosis made and treatment decided there and then in the majority of cases; cutting waiting times in early treatment and save patients multiple trips to hospitals and of course reduce the anxiety of waiting for treatment.
“We are very pleased to be able to support this excellent initiative and look forward to seeing the service up and running,” added Kathryn.
Kathryn Williams, second right, with colleagues from Raising the roof for Renton fundraising committee viewing the new PICC placer with Anne Mitchell, right, oncology nurse in the Macmillan Renton Unit.
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For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Katie Farmer, Fundraiser 01432 364078