LEP Lifesaver Appeal - We’ve done it!

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The LEP Lifesaver Appeal to raise £500,000 for a CT scanner for Royal Preston Hospital’s A&E department has reached its goal.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and LEP readers, patients who suffer limb or life-threatening injuries in major trauma accidents will now be able to have the urgent medical treatment they require even more speedily. In April 2011, the Lancashire Evening Post and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust joined forces to raise money for a CT scanner for the new for Royal Preston Hospital’s emergency department after the hospital was designated as a Major Trauma Centre for Lancashire and Cumbria.

Now the money is in place, it means the CT scanner can be ordered and trauma patients will be able to receive a full body CT scan as soon as they arrive at hospital enabling prompt diagnosis and life and limb saving treatment to begin immediately.

The CT scanner will also provide critical scans for people who have experienced a stroke.

During the past 18 months the community and hospital staff have got behind the appeal and together raised nearly £200,000 by making donations and organising fundraising events and activities.

In January 2013 the newly formed clinical commissioning groups across Lancashire and South Cumbria responded to the support the public has demonstrated for the appeal and as part of the overall investment in the trauma services have enabled the whole scheme to be brought forward.

Dr Gora Bangi and Dr Ann Bowman, chairmen of the two local Clinical Commissioning Groups for Chorley and Preston, said, “The aim of clinical commissioning groups is to ensure that services are developed and delivered to meet the needs of local people. All of the Clinical Commissioning Groups across South Cumbria and Lancashire are pleased to be able to respond and provide the additional funding required to support the Major Trauma Centre.

“Prompt diagnosis is critical in reducing the likelihood of long term ill health and disability following major trauma so the CT scanner will have a significant positive impact on outcomes for patients.”

Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said, “We have been working closely with our clinical commissioning colleagues in recent months to ensure a smooth transition to the new health services structure.

“This generous donation to our appeal demonstrates how well we’re working together to provide the care our local communities require and we thank the clinical commissioning groups for this valuable support.”

Stuart Heys, chairman of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said, “I’d like to thank the Lancashire Evening Post for its unstinting support of the appeal.

“The paper has promoted every fund-raising effort and published a great series of stories about patients who have experienced trauma and injury which has really helped get the local community behind the campaign.

“Local people have given us fantastic support – we’ve had balls, parties, raffles, sponsored walks, school children dressing up – even people jumping out of aeroplanes for the appeal.

“While I hope Lancashire Evening Post readers never have need of this equipment, it is peace of mind to know you’re in the best hands and will get the best care possible should the unthinkable happen.”

Andy Curran, consultant in emergency medicine for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “This generous donation means we can now purchase the CT scanner and begin preparations for its installation. We hope the scanner will be benefiting major trauma and stroke patients before the end of 2013.”