LEP Lifesaver appeal helps Royal Preston Hospital buy £500,000 machine

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A lifesaving scanner, which will ensure trauma patients receive urgent medical treatment more speedily, has been unveiled.

The CT scanner at Royal Preston Hospital’s A&E department was bought thanks to the generosity of Evening Post readers and the wider community.

GRAND OPENING: Hospital chief Karen Partington and patient Sandy Nevinson, 25,  with the scanner

GRAND OPENING: Hospital chief Karen Partington and patient Sandy Nevinson, 25, with the scanner

In April 2011, the LEP and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust joined forces to raise money for the scanner after the hospital was designated as a Major Trauma Centre.

The LEP Lifesaver appeal was a success and the CT scanner is now in place, meaning trauma patients will be able to receive a full body CT scan as soon as they arrive.

It will also provide critical scans for people who have had a stroke.

From 2011 until February last year, the community and hospital staff got behind the appeal and together raised nearly £200,000.

In total, £500,000 was needed and the new clinical commissioning groups across Lancashire and South Cumbria contributed the rest of the money.

Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that the new CT scanner is now up and running and it is already making a real difference to our patients and staff.”

Watch the new CT scanner in action here

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