The official opening of this new keyhole surgery theatre suite follows the successful conclusion of the first two major projects of the Stars Appeal, the Little Lives Campaign and the Keyhole Cancer Campaign.
Luke March Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are hugely grateful to everyone who has shown such generous support throughout last year for the Stars Appeal and these two initial major initiatives.”
“New equipment is already making a difference to babies that need extra specialist care in our neonatal intensive care unit. The new theatre suite will be one of the first of its kind in England and will mean that surgeons will be able to carry out more laparoscopic surgery using the very latest techniques and equipment. This will have have significant benefits for local people, their families and friends.”
As part of a major thank you from fundraisers at Salisbury District Hospital, Stars Appeal supporters will be taking the opportunity to see for themselves the new facilities, having put down their names to come along to a viewing event on the afternoon of Saturday, January 19.
Dave Cates, Director of Fundraising at Salisbury District Hospital said: “Although we have completed our first two campaign goals, local people can continue to raise money for wards and departments under the umbrella of the Stars Appeal. The next major campaign under the Stars Appeal will be the Caring 4 Kids Campaign. This will be launched shortly and will help fund a state-of-the-art children’s unit benefiting over 6,000 local children every year.” Ends
Notes for editors:
A laparoscope is a thin telescopic camera with a light source that is used to see inside the abdomen - a part of the body that contains the stomach and intestines. It can be used with small instruments to undertake keyhole surgery on this part of the body using small incisions in the skin and is the most sophisticated and least invasive form of surgery. Keyhole surgery has many benefits for the patients including significantly shorter recovery times and less post operative pain and scarring.
The Media are invited to attend the official opening of the new suite at Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday, January 19. Please contact Patrick Butler (details below) for further details.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. SP2 8BJ. Tel: 01722 425170