Chairman’s Comments

Posted on Jun 24, 2012

Chairman’s Comments

Dear Supporter.

Another successful fundraising year!

Thanks to you and many like you 2011 turned out to be another highly successful fund raising year with the charity banking in excess of £140,000.

This edition of Supportline contains a number of reports of remarkable fund raising efforts and The Trowbridge Branch, under the leadership of Tino Polledri continues to make a major contribution for which the Trustees and myself are extremely grateful.

Significant contribution by BCUSG towards the development of Digital Mammography service

I am pleased to report that during 2011 BCUSG was able to make a significant contribution towards the development of the digital mammography service at The RUH by helping to fund the introduction of a procedure known as Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammography (CEDM).

The Bath Breast Unit has had digital mammography since December 2007 and was one of the first units in the South West to have this mode of breast imaging. Digital mammography is more accurate than film/screen mammography especially for younger women with dense glandular breasts.
The sensitivity and specificity of CEDM are both higher than for mammography alone or in combination with ultrasound.

Although this extension of the existing digital mammography service was keenly supported by the Medical Equipment Committee at The RUH there were no available funds for this development.

With the support of BCUSG The RUH became the first breast unit in the UK to have this facility.

News of Superficial X-ray unit

The superficial x-ray unit which was also funded by BCUSG continues to be very reliable and over 130 patients have so far benefited from not having to travel to Taunton for treatment. The decorations and furnishings make the room very friendly and patients appreciate the facility.

Welcome to new Trustees and Hon Treasurer 

I am delighted to welcome as Trustees Dr Rebecca Bowen, Dr Mark Beresford and Michael Coombs who has also agreed to assume the role as Honorary Treasurer.

Farewell to Dr Hugh Newman

Having served as a Trustee of this charity for over twenty years Dr Hugh Newman retired as a Trustee at the end of 2011. Hugh has played a major role in the development of cancer services at The RUH and this charity has regularly benefitted from his knowledge and wise counsel. I wish Hugh a long and happy retirement.

Major redevelopment at The RUH for cancer services

You may have read in the local press that plans are being considered for the construction of a completely new Cancer Unit at The RUH and this charity continues to be consulted on the proposed development. If the scheme is approved it is likely that this charity will be asked to make a significant financial contribution and I will keep you briefed as the project progresses.

For your continued support, I extend grateful thanks.

John Carter
Chairman of Trustees