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New Portable Machinery for Anaesthetics Department

As part of our Small Projects Programme, we are pleased to have funded a Portable  Anaesthetics Ultrasound Machine .

Dr Carl Morris, Consultant Anaesthetist, said, ‘It’s already been put to plenty of use.  I was at Stoke Mandeville once, and on that day it got used for about 6 patients, two of whom probably couldn’t have had their operations done without it.



Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust ranked as one of the UK’s top hospitals

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has been ranked as one of the UK’s top hospitals for the very first time. The accolade is awarded on safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care by health intelligence specialists CHKS.

The award recognising some of the best performing CHKS client trusts across the UK, was presented at a ceremony in London on 19 May. Representing the Trust, chief executive Neil Dardis and chief nurse Carolyn Morrice attended the ceremony to collect the award.

Chief executive Neil Dardis said: “I am delighted that our Trust has received this accolade. It’s a first for us but I hope not the last, because I can see how hard staff from across our Trust work to ensure we deliver on our promise and provide patients with safe and compassionate care every time. Thank you for all your efforts – this award is for you.”

Private Tour of Penn House

Countess Howe, Patron of Scannappeal, Earl Howe and William Baxter, Chairman (1)

Some of Scannappeal’s longstanding supporters were entertained at Penn House last week at a private event hosted by Earl and Countess Howe.  Guests were able to look around the private house which has been the seat of the Penn and Curzon families, having been passed down in a direct line for over 750 years, and heard Earl Howe give a brief talk about its history.  Countess Howe, who is a Patron of Scannappeal, explained the difference that regular givers had made to the charity’s work and clinicians from the cardiology department demonstrated some of the equipment that Scannappeal has funded in recent years.  Entertainment was provided by Flora Curzon and Francesca Ter-berg on violin and cello, Michael Moore Life and Pensions provided the refreshments  and the event raised nearly £2,000

Freemasons Support Buckinghamshire Babies

Members of the Buckinghamshire Freemasons visited Stoke Mandeville Hospital recently to see the equipment they funded through Scannappeal for the Paediatrics Orthopaedics department.    Their donation of £21,300 has funded a specialist portable ultrasound to diagnose and treat babies with Developmental Dysplasia of Hips (DDH).  This will substantially improve the service by extending the number of clinics from Stoke Mandeville Hospital to other sites.  Pictured are Jo Hicks, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, with Gordon Robertson, Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire.

Britain V Cancer Trek for Scannappeal

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The next Britain V Cancer challenge is Trek Nepal and we are looking for people across Bucks to hike the Himalayas in beautiful Nepal to raise funds for Scannappeal’s Cancer Fighting Fund.

The challenge is on to trek 3,210m to Poon Hill in the stunning Annapurna region.  The trek will take you through charming Nepalese villages where you will experience the culture of the mountain people of Nepal first hand.

Britain V Cancer is open to people of all ages and from all walks of life who will come together to help fight cancer.

For more information and to register for this amazing challenge please click here