Patients set to benefit from new £170,000 microscope
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.