A grant of more than £20,000 to Bournemouth Hospital Charity is set to improve patient experience for around 400 breast cancer surgery sufferers per year.
‘Going for Bust’ – a local breast cancer charity with shops in East Dorset and the New Forest – have awarded Bournemouth Hospital Charity with a £23,650 grant to enable the hospital to purchase a new Dose Calibrator for SLN (sentinel lymph node) injections.
Most notably, the new calibrator will allow for breast cancer surgery patients to receive SLN injections – an integral part of breast surgery preparation – at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital prior to their operation.
The injection of a radioactive substance and blue dye around the tumour allows doctors to locate the nearest lymph node. This can often help to determine the stage of the patient’s cancer and can be used to develop an appropriate treatment plan for each patient.
Following recent guideline changes from the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC), patients would have had to visit Poole Hospital for the injection prior to receiving the surgery at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, creating extra anxiety at what is already a stressful time.
The Going for Bust grant has also enabled the Hospital to create a new, dedicated treatment room within the hospital’s Jigsaw Building, where injections can be administered quickly and comfortably.
“This generous grant from Going for Bust will help to benefit around 400 breast cancer patients who undergo surgery at our hospital every year, so we’re very thankful,” says Amanda Iskender.
“We’re grateful to Going for Bust for allowing us to provide an easier and more comfortable process for our breast cancer surgery patients during what is often an anxious time.”
Going for Bust had previously donated £10,000 towards a new Breast Ultrasound Machine for the hospital’s Women’s Health Unit in 2016.
Going for Bust opened its first shop committed to fundraising solely for Breast Cancer in 2013 and has since gone on to open a further ten shops. Their shops welcome donations of good quality items such as clothing, furniture, fashion accessories and bric-a-brac.