Lat­est ap­peal hopes to raise cash for cataracts

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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