Mary Berry unveils Positron scanner

Mary Berry unveils plaque

Five years of fund raising culminated in celebrity cookery writer and television presenter Mary Berry unveiling at Bath’s Royal United Hospital on Monday 13 June the first fixed site Positron (PET-CT) scanner located in a NHS hospital in the South West of England.

Mary and members of her family have been supporting the BCUSG Positron Scanner Appeal for a number of years.

The installation of this scanner is viewed as one of the most significant developments in the treatment of cancer at The RUH.

PET-CT scannerAll of the £1.2 million which the scanner has cost has been raised by the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group and its Trowbridge branch supported by hundreds of donors committed to having this scanner installed at the RUH.

The first PET-CT scans were undertaken on Friday 17 June.

Currently in the NHS PET-CT scanners tend only to be located in teaching hospitals.

Dr Richard Graham, a Consultant Radiologist at The RUH described PET-CT scans as “A revolutionary type of scan which can have a significant effect on patients’ treatments. Statistics show that one third of treatments are modified following PET-CT scans because of the precise nature of the images produced by the scans.”

Mr Brian Stables, Chairman of Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust said that “Without the funding provided by BCUSG it would not have been possible for The RUH to have acquired this remarkable scanner.”

John Carter Chairman of the Trustees of BCUSG said that the support for the appeal has been remarkable and there is no doubt that this scanner will be heavily used for The RUH will be utilising the PET-CT scanner for four major activities, the diagnosis and monitoring of cancers, the planning of radiotherapy treatment, the testing of new cancer drugs and the early diagnosis of Alzheimer disease.”

Since BCUSG was founded in 1985 in excess of £3.27 million (excluding the Positron Scanner Appeal) has been raised by this local charity and spent on providing a range of facilities for cancer patients attending The RUH.

The charity continues to be run only by volunteers consequently a very high proportion of the funds which are raised are spent on improving facilities.
On an ongoing basis, the charity provides financial support towards:
• specialist staff education and training
• flowers, newspapers and refreshments in the reception and waiting areas and
• headscarves for ladies who have experienced hair loss as a result of treatment
and is currently raising funds to pay for essential add-ons to the Positron Scanner.