Medical equipment worth £16,475 will help patients receiving scans at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (Mount Vernon Hospital) it has been announced, thanks to a fundraising drive by the past Mayor of Hillingdon.back to all news
Medical equipment worth £16,475 will help patients receiving scans at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (Mount Vernon Hospital) it has been announced, thanks to a fundraising drive by the past Mayor of Hillingdon.
Paul Strickland Scanner Centre is an independent medical charity which carries out monitoring and diagnosis of people with mainly cancer, but also other serious conditions, using CT, MRI and PET-CT scanners. The charity also funds and supports medical research.
Cllr John Hensley, who served as mayor between May 2016 to May 2017, raised the money through his Journey Through Life appeal, of which Paul Strickland Scanner Centre was a major beneficiary. His appeal inspired people from around the region to donate and featured a range of special events, including quiz nights, a charity gala evening, a car show and more.
The money he raised for Paul Strickland Scanner Centre will fund a range of equipment which will in particular benefit disabled patients:
MRI compatible trolley and wheelchair
An MRI scanner generates a strong magnetic field while producing images of the inside of the body and it can be dangerous to bring metal near it. This means special equipment must be used, which can be expensive.
An MRI compatible trolley improves comfort for patients who are unable to stand, allowing them to be wheeled directly into the MRI suite rather than having to be transferred from one trolley to another.
An MRI compatible wheelchair can be used in our MRI suite (standard wheelchairs typically contain magnetic metal are therefore unsuitable).
This piece of equipment enables patients who use a wheelchair to transfer more easily onto the treatment bed (or wheelchair) in some of our scanning areas.
A Patslide allows patients on either stretchers or trolleys to be transferred comfortably across to a scanner bed and can be used in all scanner areas.
Hoverjack with Hovermatt
This is an inflatable system to lift patients if they need to be moved from a stretcher or trolley to the scanner bed, or to move them off the floor if they have fallen. From the patient perspective this is a much more comfortable way to be transferred and maintains dignity.
Cllr Hensley said: “I’m very impressed with the ground-breaking work that Paul Strickland Centre carries out in identifying and treating cancer. A big thank-you to the community for supporting my Mayoral Charity 2016/17 that enabled essential equipment to be purchased for the benefit of our residents that use this centre.”
Claire Strickland, Chief Executive of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “The money raised by Cllr John Hensley will make a huge difference to patients and we are hugely grateful for this amazing support. He, and everybody who supported his appeal, have our heartfelt thanks.”