Thanks to the generosity of local people and the support of staff, local businesses and organisations, the Stars Appeal has reached its £650,000 target for a new second CT scanner for Salisbury District Hospital – a year ahead of schedule.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “The support that we’ve received has been absolutely fantastic, and we cannot thank people enough for their generosity, help and dedication to the hospital and this campaign.”
“Throughout the last year so many people have given up their time to raise money, offered their help and services for free or used their own organisations to help promote the campaign for a second CT Scanner for Salisbury. While we cannot possibly name everyone here, each and every one of you deserves our praise and gratitude and the heartfelt thanks of the Trust Board.”
The Trust will place the order for a new CT scanner early in the New Year with the aim of it being operational in the summer.
Around twelve thousand patients each year will benefit from the new CT scanner which will help reduce waiting times for CT scans and enable medical staff to make quicker diagnoses.
The new CT scanner will have the very latest technology, meaning some patients will avoid having minor surgery, with all its possible side effects.
Patients will no longer need to travel to other hospitals for scans. Patients will be able to get the CT Scan they need at Salisbury, at any time of day or night, even if one scanner is busy or undergoing essential maintenance.
Peter Hill said: “ We know that a number of people and organisations still have fundraising activities planned for the CT Scanner campaign. While the hospital will still pick up the installation and running costs for the new scanner, we will use any additional money to improve diagnostic services even further.”
Notes to Editors
Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal
- The Stars Appeal is Salisbury District Hospital’s charity. It raises money to create the best possible experience for patients and their families by funding extra care and equipment over and above that provided by the NHS.
- 300,000 people across South Wiltshire, North and East Dorset and West Hampshire, and beyond, rely on Salisbury District Hospital every year.
- Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Appeal has already funded many projects, large and small, throughout the hospital. They include:
- a Family Accommodation Unit for parents of babies being treated on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. (opened October 2012)
- a range of enhancements within the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.(opened May 2012)
- additional equipment and facilities worth £1million within the new children’s ward and outpatient unit (opened July 2011)
- a second lab in the Hospital’s Cardiac Suite enabling much interventional work, as well as diagnostics, to be carried out locally. (opened 2010)
- a highly advanced keyhole cancer surgery suite (opened 2008)
- state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment for premature and critically-ill babies
- additional therapy and facilities for patients with cancer and blood disorders on the Pembroke Unit
- a major contribution to the Hospital’s bereavement suite (opened 2010)
- The Stars Appeal has recently successfully completed its £650,000 for a second CT Scanner for Salisbury District Hospital. The Scanner, which will be operational by Summer 2014, will benefit over 12,000 local people a year including cancer patients, emergency patients who’ve had a stroke or life threatening injury, heart patients, children, the elderly, soldiers and their families and people from all over Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset.
- Major events supporting the Stars Appeal in 2014 include the sponsored 3k or 10k Walk for Wards at Wilton House on Sunday 22 June, the Rockbourne Fair at Salisbury Racecourse in October and the Tidworth 10k and 3k Fun Run at Tedworth House Polo Pitches on Sunday 2nd November (to be confirmed).
For further information please contact:
Dave Cates/Gemma Heath
The Stars Appeal
Salisbury District Hospital
Tel: 01722 429005