Charitable funds boost diagnostics for North Lincolnshire breast cancer patients

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A £55,750 ultrasound machine has been purchased for the Pink Rose Suite at Grimsby hospital thanks to people’s donations.

The new machine, which has been bought by charitable funds donated to the unit, means breast cancer patients can now access state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.

Sarah Lawson, consultant breast diagnostic radiographer, said: “It is thanks to the generosity of people that we have been able to buy this new ultrasound machine.

“It is great news for our patients as the new machine allows us to detect smaller cancers as small as 2mm, which complements our existing equipment. This means the risk of missing a cancer is reduced as we can see more clearly the structures within the breast.”

It will also have benefits for those people needing an ultrasound guided biopsy. Sarah explained: “The needles we use are very fine and sometimes are not easily seen with the old equipment which meant we needed to take extra time do the procedure which could cause anxiety for some patients. The new machine should increase accuracy and avoid this.”

Sarah added: “It is thanks to the amazing generosity and fundraising of our local population that we have been able to purchase this machine, which will make a real difference for our patients.”

If anyone would like to donate money to the Pink Rose Suite they should contact Debbie Austwick on 01472 875701.