CURRENT PROJECTS

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New Project - Quiet Room

The specialist palliative care team recently moved to a new permanent office on the main hospital corridor. Next to the team office is a redundant store room.  The Charity has agreed funds to enable this room to be refurbished to create a compassionate and dignified quiet room next to the team office. This room will be invaluable in enabling the team to meet with families away from the wards if this is their preference and to meet with visitors who arrive at the office seeking advice.

Hand Held Vascular Doppler Plus Probe

The breast surgical team are expanding the range of oncoplastic surgical procedures offered.  The team are now using local perforator flaps from the chest wall to reconstruct a defect in the breast created after resectional surgery for cancer.  It is hoped that through this approach the number of patients requiring a mastectomy will reduce.  The Doppler enables the team to identify the important blood vessels that keep the flap alive and is used in the outpatient clinic to plan for the operation and in the operating theatre.

Portable UltraSound Unit

The unit provides high resolution imaging for shallow applications.

See News Page for further information.

Project one - Helpline Update

The Helpline is now up and running.  Caroline Gilleece, Matron for Haematology/Oncology & Lead Cancer Nurse gave a presentation on the effectiveness and success of the service at the Significant Donors Evening on the 15 May 2019.

Project two - RPM Update

The two RPM Gating Systems have now been received.

Dr S Whittle and Dr T Taylor demonstrated the system to the Charity's Trustees at the start of the AGM on the 24 April 2019 and attended the Significant Donors Evening on the 15 May 2019 to present the system to guests.

Update on PET CT scanner

Dr Richard Graham has reported that the PET-CT scanner goes from strength-to-strength with the number of referrals constantly increasing.  PET-CT Scanning takes place on 2.5 days per week and CT scanning the rest of the week, however in order to satisfy demand PET-CT scanning needs to increase to 3 days per week.

Project one - Helpline

 

£67,822 to provide for an initial period of one year for an Out of Hours Helpline for the increasing number of outpatients receiving chemotherapy at the Royal United Hospital.

What does this mean for the patient

Out of hours these patients currently have to phone in-patient ward staff who due to the increasing number of calls and their regular duties, struggle to respond. This new facility, unable to be funded by the NHS, will provide cancer out-patients with vital 24/7 access to specialist local help and advice at a critical and stressful time for them.

Helpline

Project two - RPM

 

£62,000 to purchase two Real-Time Position Management Respiratory Gating Systems for the Royal United Hospital.

What does this mean for the patient

RPM consists of a small box containing reflective markers and an infrared tracking camera. The small box is placed on the patient’s chest and the wall– mounted camera records how this box moves as the patient breathes. The patient is coached to control their breathing through the planning of radiotherapy and treatment. Research has shown that patients remain very still when controlling their breathing and this targets the radiotherapy more accurately, reducing the risk of radiation damage to normal tissue and other internal organs. The RPM system will be linked to the radiotherapy treatment machine so that the treatment is only delivered when the patient is holding their breath at the correct level. It is most commonly used for breast cancer and can also benefit lung, lymphoma, liver and pancreas cancer patients.

Project three - Gamma Camera

£240,000 in order to purchase an upgraded Solid– State Gamma Camera.

What does this mean for patients?

The NHS have agreed to fund a standard model but, by adding an additional £240,000, a more advanced model can be purchased. The benefits of a more advanced solid– state camera includes better energy resolution which means better images for diagnosis. It also significantly improves sensitivity which will allow increased patient throughput permitting more timely scans and reduced patient delays.

Scanner - project three

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