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State-of-the art scanner will help save young lives

Published 08/05/2013
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A new scanner which will help save the lives of babies, children and young adults is now in operation at the Children’s Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of Derby Hospitals Charity and the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The Paediatric Cardiac Scanner/Ultrasound (Echocardiogram) scanner produces high quality images of the structure and function of a patient’s heart and helps doctors make a speedier diagnosis.

Last year the Small Hearts of Derby Scanner Appeal was launched to purchase this piece of equipment which will make such a difference to young patients who have cardiac problems. The machine, which cost £56,832, was jointly funded by Derby Hospitals Charity and the BHF.

Sophie Jardine, BHF Fundraising Manager for Derbyshire said: “Thanks to the support and extreme generosity of the people of Derbyshire, we are delighted the scanner is now in place at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital to benefit babies, children and young adults. Donations were received by the BHF from local trusts, foundations, groups and individuals, and people across the county hosted a number of fundraising events to enable the scanner to be purchased as quickly as possible. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who supported the appeal.”

Dr Gitika Joshi, Consultant Paediatrician and Neonatologist said: “The new cardiac scanner will help young patients with cardiac problems here in Derbyshire and although patients will continue to have some of their pre and post-surgical care at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, having this machine means that will able to provide more follow up care locally here at the Royal Derby Hospital.”

One of the patients who will benefit from the equipment is Kaiya Ray Sahin who was born at the Royal Derby Hospital in July 2012 with transposition of the great arteries (TGA) which had gone undetected throughout mum’s pregnancy. Having the new scanner will mean that he can access the medical care he needs only 20 minutes drive from his home, which may prove vital should an emergency arise. 

Julie Chapman, Manager of Derby Hospitals Charity said: “We have worked with the BHF on several appeals over the past years and we are delighted to have teamed up with them once again.”

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For media enquiries contact:


Sophie Jardine (BHF) on 07785 242736 or 01773 822302

email jardines@bhf.org.uk

Liz Smith (Communications, Royal Derby Hospital) on 01332 785778

or email liz.smith21@nhs.net    


Julie Chapman (Derby Hospitals Charity) on 01332 785732

or email julie.chapman5@nhs.net


Last Modified 08/05/2013