Health boost

People are celebrating with Bucks-based charity, Scannappeal, to mark the end of a two-year campaign to raise £185,000 for two latest generation 3D heart scanners (pictured) to diagnose and evaluate heart disease.

An evening reception was held at Wycombe hospital where cash donors were invited to enjoy the celebrations.  Keith Wilson, Trustee of Scannappeal, shared his thanks for the fundraising effort which has been shown in a variety of different ways to enable two latest scanners to be bought and installed at Wycombe and Amersham hospital. 

He said: ‘Our supporters always go the extra mile and we’ve seen everything from, golf days, skydiving, bike riding, school fundraising and even giving in memory of loved ones. 

‘To each and every one of you that has kindly donated to the appeal, a huge thank you for supporting the appeal to ensure that our local hospitals have the latest and best scanning equipment in the cardiology department. 

‘Thank you also to all of our wonderful volunteers who give their time, energy and skills; to the cardiology team for raising awareness of the appeal with their patients and fundraising themselves; in fact to everyone involved in supporting Scannappeal, thank you, we are truly grateful.’

Dr Firoozan, consultant cardiologist, and Mr Wilson unveiled the donation plaque which highlights the names of people who have donated. The plaques will be on display in the outpatients department at both Wycombe and Amersham hospitals. 

Dr Firoozan demonstrated the equipment they had helped buy, which showed the detailed imagery the scanners provide and how important these are in helping consultants to decide on a treatment path.

Dr Firoozan wsaid: ‘The cardiology department have been very fortunate to have benefitted from several appeals over the years run by Scannappeal and I can honestly say that you all have made a significant impact on the service the department can offer to patients. 

‘Patients across Buckinghamshire are now being treated with advance technology that is only available at a few hospitals across the country.’