Latest appeal hopes to raise cash for cataracts
A CHARITY which provides cutting edge equipment for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has launched a new project to raise money for five machines to help improve and restore vision.
Scannappeal’s new appeal aims to raise £265,000 to buy five specialist machines for the ophthalmology department at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
Three of the machines will be used for cataract surgery and two for more complex eye surgery which will help to improve and restore vision.
More than 4,500 local patients will benefit from this new technology each year. Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital Larry Benjamin said: “We are delighted that Scannappeal is running this appeal for us which will dramatically improve the efficiency of surgery on the eyes for local patients.
“The machines will make procedures safer and difficult cases will be dealt with faster, meaning 15 per cent more patients will be treated each year.”
Cataract procedures are the most common operation carried out by the NHS in the UK with over 400,000 performed each year.
Scannappeal trustee Roy Collis said: “We are thrilled to be raising funds to support this project.
“We have a steep mountain to climb but I am confident that with the kind support of the community we can raise £265,000 to ensure that the Ophthalmology Department can be using this equipment to benefit patients across the county before too long.”
Scannappeal raises funds to purchase life-saving equipment for Amersham, Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Community Hospitals in Bucks.
Since it began in 1987, it has raised more than £12million and funded equipment in every department in the hospitals it supports.
For more information about the charity and its new appeal visit hwww. scannappeal.org.uk.