State-of-the-art scanner unveiled at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital


Urology consultants at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital have proudly unveiled a state-of-the-art scanner - worth £117,000 - that is set to put the University Health Board (UHB)’s male cancer services “at the top of the class”.
The unveiling marks the pinnacle of months and indeed years of community fundraising across the region to update the hospital’s existing prostate cancer diagnosis capacity, allowing consultants to use imaging and perform targeted biopsies that hadn’t previously been possible.
Consultant Urologist Mr Yeung Ng said: “When we began the fundraising campaign with Prince Philip’s League of Friends in late 2013, the goal was much more modest. But word trickled through and before I knew it I was having tea with the Mayor of Llanelli, and myself and my colleagues were in training for the Swansea 10K.”
Fundraising and awareness soon mushroomed, as more and more local charities and businesses pledged their support, including Glangwili Hospital’s League of Friends, the West Wales Prostate Cancer Support Group, British Steel pensions, Burry Port Male Voice Choir, and Rotary and golf clubs across the region.
A contribution of £40,000 was also made by the UHB.
Mr Ng continued: “The machine is already in use and making a difference here and elsewhere in the UHB area. We’re now at the top of the class when it comes to prostate cancer diagnosis; the machine allows us to target those smaller lesions that we couldn’t reach with ultrasound alone. This incredible achievement will create a lasting legacy and an increased awareness of those suffering with male cancers.”
Lead Consultant Urologist, Mr Sohail Moosa, explained that the Hitachi Hi Vision Preirius Urology scanner was the perfect choice, following a search of the best equipment, within the United Kingdom and beyond, to ensure the best value for money. The scanner also allows for various modules to be added, for example to perform biopsies for other urological cancers, so the fundraising looks set to continue.
In welcoming fundraisers and staff to a celebration tea, Hywel Dda UHB Chair, Bernardine Rees, paid tribute to their hard work and dedication: “This has been a long time coming in a challenging environment.
The Board is extremely grateful to everyone who held events and put their hands in their pockets. It simply wouldn’t have been possible without you.
“When it comes to cancer, no one is exempt. The incredible sum raised is proof that prostate and other male cancers are very much in the public’s awareness and deserve as much attention as female cancers. There is no doubt that this machine will save lives.”
For more information about fundraising opportunities in the UHB area, please visit www.hywelddahealthcharities.org.uk or contactfundraising.hyweldda@wales.nhs.uk / 01267 239815.
For the latest news and updates from Hywel Dda University Health Board visit www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk

Photo: Hywel Dda UHB Chair, Bernardine Rees, with Urology Consultants Mr Ng and Mr Moosa and their team, and some of the many fundraisers.

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