Worcestershire hospital charity launches prostate cancer appeal - The Evesham Observer

Worcestershire hospital charity launches prostate cancer appeal

Evesham Editorial 9th Jul, 2024   0

WORCESTERSHIRE Acute Hospitals Charity has launched a new appeal aimed at raising £25,000 to aid the diagnosis of patients with prostate problems.

The Worcestershire Urology Appeal will support a new urology investigations unit and urology same-day emergency care facility at the Alexandra Hospital.

The charity, which supports patients, staff and services at Worcestershire’s acute hospitals is asking the public for donations to fund a special chair which is used when taking tissue samples needed to diagnose prostate cancer.

This will enable the purchase of a dedicated local anaesthetic transperineal prostate biopsy chair costing £20,000.

Benefits of the chair include a lower infection risk, an increase in the number and accuracy of prostate cancer diagnoses.

In addition, the charity is appealing for funds to support the creation of innovative artwork and wayfinding installations throughout the new development.

According to the charity, artwork in hospitals helps to create a calm and attractive space where patients can feel less anxious about their care.

Sophie Burt, head of fundraising and community development at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, said: “As a charity we support the NHS with additional extras which go beyond the core provision. We hope that the community will support us in enhancing the development with these finishing touches.

“The development will care for patients across the county and having a welcoming space equipped with state-of-the-art equipment is something that we are keen to provide for the people of Worcestershire.”

The new urology investigations unit and same-day emergency care facility will provide care for urology, bladder, and prostate issues, including suspected cancers.

Currently, the hospital’s urology service performs approximately 2,500 surgeries, sees over 22,000 patients, and treats 1,500 emergencies across the county each year.

Visit justgiving.com/worcestershireacutehospitalnhstrust to donate.


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