Frimley Park Hospital has taken delivery of a new £300,000 Hologic mammography machine purchased with money raised by Frimley Health Charity’s Breast Care Appeal.
Andrew House, head of fundraising at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “So many members of the local community have worked tirelessly to fundraise and lend their support to this project. Your generosity is staggering and we are incredibly thankful to all of you.”
Radiology consultant Fiona Hearn explained why this new equipment is cutting-edge. She said: “As well as 3D technology, this machine boasts new contrast imaging capability. The combination allows us to diagnose cancers earlier and reduce false positives recalls.”
Heather Acheson from Farnborough, who attended with husband Colin, set up a community support group to help people diagnosed with breast cancer.
She said: “It’s really important to let the community know how the money has been spent. Frimley Park is a wonderful hospital and I’m thrilled to see this machine in action.”
Also in attendance were Kim Knight and Sally Herman from Paint Fleet Pink, a local fundraising group which raised a massive £30,000.
Kim and Sally, both from Fleet and former breast cancer patients, organised a week-long fundraising extravaganza in October 2015 which saw local businesses, shops and restaurants raise money for the appeal through a variety of events.
Kim said: “The consultants are really passionate about breast care at Frimley so it’s nice to give something back.
“When you’re a patient you feel like you can’t thank them enough, so it’s nice to be able to contribute towards a piece of equipment like this.”