Patients benefit thanks to donations from Friends of NNUH

More patients are benefiting from keyhole surgery at NNUH – thanks to charity donations and a little help from our Friends.

The Friends of NNUH stepped in with extra funds to provide £58,000 laparoscopic equipment used in gynaecological cancer surgery.

Consultant Obstetrician Mr Tim Duncan said: “The care of patients with gynaecological cancers is changing rapidly with the advancement of key-hole approaches to treatment. Some of these advances have been introduced over the last two years at NNUH, leading to faster recovery rates, fewer complications and an improved quality of life for patients. From the feedback we have received, patients really value this type of approach so we are delighted the Friends are helping us to offer keyhole techniques to a greater number of patients with a wider range of problems.”

Other recent donations by the Friends include a new ultrasound machine for the assessment of critically ill patients in the Acute Medical Unit. Ultrasound scanning is a non-invasive technique that can rapidly reveal abnormalities such as fluid, air or tumours in the internal organs.

Dr Al Green, Consultant in Acute Medicine said: “The ultrasound machine is already being used regularly on the unit and we are very grateful to the Friends of NNUH for their support.’

The Friends of NNUH aim to raise money for amenities that will improve patient care and enhance the well-being of patients, visitors and staff. Decisions about how to spend the available funds are made by the Trustees at their bimonthly meetings.

David Prior, Chairman of the Friends of NNUH said, “it is great to be able to enhance patients treatment in this way and it is hoped by being the chosen charity for the Royal Norfolk Show Ball this year we will be able to raise more funds so that more patients can benefit in the future.’

For more information about charities based at NNUH or to make a donation, email: or telephone: 01603 287107.

Tuesday 10th of January 2012 09:00:51 AM