Pa­tients set to ben­e­fit from new £170,000 mi­cro­scope

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The Nor­folk and Nor­wich Univer­sity Hospi­tal ( NNUH) is the sec­ond hospi­tal in the coun­try, and the first out­side Lon­don, to ben­e­fit from a new mi­cro­scope to de­tect skin can­cer with­out the need for a biopsy. The new Con­fo­cal Mi­cro­scope en­ables der­ma­tol­o­gists to view de­tailed im­ages of the up­per lay­ers of skin, al­low­ing can­cer to be di­ag­nosed with­out the need for ob­tain­ing a sam­ple of skin un­der lo­cal anaes­thetic.

The mi­cro­scope will be used for re­search pur­poses be­fore be­ing used to de­tect skin can­cer once staff train­ing has been com­pleted.

Dr Jen­nifer Gar­i­och, NNUH con­sul­tant der­ma­tol­o­gist, said: “We are a lead­ing skin can­cer cen­tre in the coun­try and ev­ery year we screen 6,000 peo­ple for skin can­cer.

“This new equip­ment is rev­o­lu­tion­ary and will have huge ben­e­fits for pa­tients, pro­vid­ing on-the-spot di­ag­no­sis and re­duc­ing the num­bers of biop­sies needed.”

Most of the fund­ing for the £170,000 mi­cro­scope has come from do­na­tions from lo­cal peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to the Skin Can­cer Re­search Fund, ded­i­cated to rais­ing funds for skin can­cer pa­tients.

Some of the main con­trib­u­tors in­clude the Cook family who raised £7,000 after Kenny Cook was treated by the unit.

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