£250,000 to be raised for New Equipment in the New Endoscopy Unit
In March this year the Secretary of State for Health, Mr. Alan Milburn, announced that The North Hampshire Hospital would have one of the first new 'fast track' surgery centres, known as Diagnostic and Treatment Centres (DTCs). The DTCs will be dedicated to providing non- urgent appointments, tests and operations in a fast, convenient and integrated way allowing the patients to be treated when they want rather than asking patients to fit around the system.
This investment, around £7.5 million, will involve the construction of a new purpose-built unit on the Hospital site, housing the new Endoscopy Unit.
This investment needs to be complemented by additional endoscopy equipment -gastroscopes and colonoscopes.
Launching the Early Bird Appeal to help pay for this, the North Hampshire Medical Funds new Chairman, Julian Sheffield, unveiled a huge 'gut shaped' sign, recording all monies donated.
The Early Bird Appeal is being co-ordinated through the North Hampshire Medical Fund which is a registered charity dedicated to raising money to purchase the latest medical equipment to benefit the people of Basingstoke and North Hampshire.
Julian Sheffield, Chairman of The North Hampshire Medical Fund, said "This is an exciting new appeal. We hope lots of people can come and support North Hampshire Hospital today. Starting at 10.30am we are having a fun morning -there will be badges, balloons, polo shirts, leaflets and individuals available to advise on the appeal".
"Most people know of someone who has had cancer and many will have experienced symptoms in relation to their bowel or stomach. The most effective method of investigation is to perform an Endoscopy, using highly specialist video technology. "
"The Early Bird Appeal will purchase equipment to provide local people with an effective, lifesaving and state-of- the art Endoscopy service. "