AN urgent new fund-raising appeal has been launched in an effort to fund equipment that will help doctors better diagnose heart patients.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) needs to raise £108,633 to buy a new heart scanner for Rotherham Hospital.
The state-of-the-art device uses sound waves to create detailed three-dimensional images which allow doctors to see the structure of the heart and heart valves, also giving information on the function and pumping action of the heart.
This device has a life-saving role in medical investigations for those with suspected heart disease or other heart related conditions.
A new echocardiogram machine is needed as the demand for heart scans has been steadily increasing.
Tom Mwambingu, Cardiology Consultant at Rotherham Hospital, said: "The number of people requiring heart scans has been rising. And it's really important we provide people with quick, efficient and accurate diagnoses.
"Currently we only have three echocardiogram machines in Rotherham and this can mean delays in people receiving a crucial diagnostic test. Such delays can cause significant anxiety for patients waiting to learn of their diagnosis and delay potentially life altering treatment.”
Lauren Mallinson, Fund-raising Manager at the BHF, said: "Being able to diagnose any problems with the heart quickly and accurately means that doctors can make sure people get the right treatment when they need it.
"That's why it's crucial that people rally to this cause and support this appeal."
You can donate to this appeal online at bhf.org.uk/rotherhamscannerappeal, by collecting a donation envelope from Rotherham Hospital's Health Information Area — in the hospital’s main entrance — or by posting a cheque to Lawrence Clarke, Treasurer BHF Rotherham Branch, 39 Cherry Tree Crescent, Wickersley, Rotherham S66 2LS.