Published on Tuesday 21 March 2017
A £30,000 donation has funded pioneering equipment for lung cancer patients at Wirral University Teaching Hospital.
The Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) equipment can dramatically help in the treatment of patients with lung cancer as it can more accurately stage the disease.
Arrowe Park Hospital League of Friends, which is run by volunteers, donated the funds for the equipment.
The group previously donated funds which purchased the first EBUS at the hospital in 2014 and the equipment has been in high demand.
Dr Andy Wight, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Arrowe Park Hospital, said: “We have one already however demand for it has been very high.
“It means that we are now able to reinvestigate patients who have lung cancer, to see if they might be suitable for lung cancer medications that are now available.
“This will make a huge difference to patients and we would like to thank the League of Friends for this donation.”
EBUS is different to a normal bronchoscope, which is a narrow tube passed into the patients’ airways with a camera and sampling instruments attached, as it also has an ultrasonic probe attached. The purpose of this ultrasonic probe is to view the patients’ lymph nodes located on the ‘outside’ of the individuals’ windpipe.
Lymph nodes are an important part of the body’s immune response. These nodes are often affected in lung cancer as they can determine the staging of the disease.
Arrowe Park Hospital League of Friends has been raising funds for the hospital for over thirty years. Its purpose is to help provide better services, treatments and facilities for patients.
Ken Robinson, Chairman of the League of Friends, said: “Our volunteers work very hard to raise funds throughout the year to support the hospital and the patients.
“It was great to be able to donate the funds for this equipment which will make a big difference to patients.”
Dr Andy Wight and Dr Hock Tan, who are Respiratory Consultants at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, pictured with the Arrowe Park League of Friends volunteers and staff.