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Right Arrow WRVS present 44,000 for heart scanner appeal
10 May 2011 at 13:58
The charity WRVS has given £44,000 towards Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Heart Scanner Appeal.

The donation is an accumulation of profits from the WRVS shop at Southport hospital.

The presentation of a cheque for £41,000 – later topped up with a further £3,000 – was made by shop volunteers to Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive of the Trust.

Sue Collins, WRVS interim Head of Services for the North West, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be able to hand over such a significant amount to a really worthwhile cause. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers and staff who make the shop so successful.”

Mr Parry added: “We are extremely grateful for both this very generous contribution to the scanner appeal and the sterling work the WRVS and their volunteers perform at each of our hospitals.
“Everyone who has made this donation possible – from the patients and visitors who use the shops to the volunteers who make their operation possible – can be sure, that once acquired, the scanner will be of enormous benefit to patients for years to come.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. A state-of-the-art 3D heart scanner is one of two hi-tech echocardiogram machines worth £160,000 that the Trust hopes to acquire.

Echocardiograms, or heart scans, use ultrasound to show an image of the heart in a similar way to how pictures of babies in the womb are produced.

The technique can show how well the heart is pumping, measure blood flow and detect abnormalities, such as signs of impending heart attack, leaky valves and congenital heart disease.

The 3D scanner produces high-definition images of the heart and would be used for patients referred to the cardiology department at Southport.

The outstanding quality of the images would mean patients being examined in more detail than is currently possible and would also save patients from the discomfort of an alternative procedure that is both intrusive and uncomfortable.

A second machine, a portable heart scanner, will be shared with the high dependency and intensive care units, as well as the accident and emergency department, which currently have no direct access to one.

Being portable, it will help doctors diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions more quickly.

2. The pictures show Chief Executive Jonathan Parry receiving the cheque in the WRVS shop at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.