Go­ing the ex­tra mile Con­sul­tant puts in the leg work in quest for cru­cial equip­ment

Gloucestershire Echo - - SCANNER APPEAL -

DR Frank Jewell got on his bike to help raise funds for Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter Hospi­tals Char­ity’s CT Scanner Ap­peal.

The con­sul­tant ra­di­ol­o­gist at Glouces­ter­shire Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust works ev­ery day with pa­tients re­ceiv­ing CT scans.

He and the ra­di­ol­ogy team know first hand what an im­pact the ap­peal will make.

And he put in the miles on his bike to raise money for the ap­peal.

He said: “Mod­ern medicine is more de­pen­dent than ever on imaging tech­nol­ogy and we want to pro­vide the best fa­cil­i­ties avail­able for the peo­ple of Glouces­ter­shire.

“The new CT scan­ners will help so many lo­cal peo­ple, for ex­am­ple giv­ing es­sen­tial di­ag­nos­tic in­for­ma­tion in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions where ev­ery sec­ond mat­ters, scan­ning can­cer pa­tients at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity so that we can be­gin treat­ment or re­liev­ing fam­i­lies of the anx­i­ety of wait­ing for re­sults. “As a mem­ber of staff in the ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment I am acutely aware of the de­mands on our ser­vices and the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits the new scan­ners will bring. “So I wanted to do what­ever I could to help raise funds for the ap­peal.” Dr Jewell raised £1,233 through his chal­lenge, which saw him cy­cle 112 miles through the Lake District.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence and I was de­lighted by the way peo­ple got be­hind my chal­lenge. It cer­tainly made all the hours train­ing in my spare time worth­while!” he said.

“We’d love to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble get­ting be­hind the ap­peal and rais­ing funds, whether they are run­ning a half marathon or or­gan­is­ing a bake sale ev­ery penny will make a dif­fer­ence and will be truly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Dr Frank Jewell, above left, and dur­ing his ride through the Lake District. Left, staff at Colour Con­nec­tions are sup­port­ing the ap­peal

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