Lung cancer team boosted by support of grateful patients and community – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

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This is just some of the cutting-edge equipment an NHS cancer team have invested in over recent years – thanks to the backing of its supporters.

The lung cancer team in front of some of the equipment invested in.The lung cancer service at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the last two decades.

This is all money put straight back into patient care – as you can see from just some of the examples here.

Significant investments have included:

  • Lung-function test machines – cost around £100,000 – allowing complex physiological assessments such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing.
  • Tools used for lung cancer diagnosis – radial ebus probe (£70,000) and bronchoscopes (£30,000).
  • Investment in a high fidelity Symbionix manikin (£80,000)
  • Several nebuliser machines (£35,000 over the last seven years) to treat breathlessness.

The service is well supported by grateful patients and their relatives – as well as by the team which dedicates itself to fundraising.

This includes through an annual charity ball, which has helped raise more than £60,000 over recent years.

Lung cancer fundraisingVandana Jeebun, respiratory consultant and department lead, said: “Patients and their families are so grateful for the care they receive from the team – and we are so grateful to them for everything they do for us.

“The funds raised for the service have played a really significant part in helping us invest in state of the art equipment and training to benefit our patients.

“This includes some of the equipment we have displayed as well as so much more.

“The lung function test machines, for example, have been an instrumental tool for pre-operative assessment of patients’ surgical fitness – shown in the high number of referrals we gets from trusts across the region.

“The radial ebus probe and bronchoscopes are helping us diagnose cancer earlier – paving the way for a new regional service for the northern cancer network.

“And education tools like the manikin have helped us to train our team to be the best they can be. We even host regional medical courses using the which has excellent trainee feedback.

“We want to highlight the help we have received and to thank everyone who has supported us – together you really have made an enormous difference.”

Suzi Campbell, the Trust’s fundraising co-ordinator, said: “Our charity was first formed 25 years ago – and over that time it has made such a difference to the lives of so many.

“The lung cancer service is just one of many examples across the organisation of how our teams and patients have benefitted from this support.

“Over the course of this year we plan to highlight just how this support has helped so many and to celebrate the backing our community has given us.”


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