06 March 2019

Thousands of Bucks residents to benefit from new Bucks MRI Appeal

The Bucks MRI Appeal, which officially launches today (6  March 2019) with an ambitious target of £1.5million, has already received a generous pledge of £150,000 from a local family. The new appeal will see two world class MRI scanners sited in Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals by 2020 making them the first in the UK to have scanners of this kind.

Although the local family wish to remain anonymous they are pleased to share their delight in supporting Scannappeals latest campaign and hope others will be inspired to fundraise too: “Our family charitable trust is delighted to support the Bucks MRI Appeal with £150,000 of matched funding for this ground breaking equipment which will make such a difference to the diagnosis and treatment of thousands of patients.  We hope this opportunity to double every pound raised will inspire many individuals and organisations in the local community to make a donation or organise their own fundraising activities so that the scanners can be purchased as soon as possible.”

With 22,000 MRI scans carried out at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals last year, and demand growing by an estimated 13% annually, the launch of this appeal will future proof services for Bucks by increasing scanning capacity and capabilities across a wide range of medical investigation needs.

Andrew Wainwright, Head of Imaging/Chief Radiographer for Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Scannappeal to transform scanning for patients in Bucks.  Latest MRI techniques for cancer, stroke, heart, spine and many other conditions will improve diagnosis and reduce the need for invasive procedures. Scannappeal support will help us deliver the best possible care for patients in Bucks.”

The Facts

  • 22,000 MRI scans were carried out at Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe hospitals in 2018
  • Bucks will be the first in the UK to have scanners of this kind
  • Demand for MRI scanning is rising by and estimated 13% per year
  • The scanners will deliver advanced whole body imaging
  • State of the art imaging techniques for stroke, cardiac, breast, brain and spine patients
  • Improved patient experience due to sound, size and speed of the scanner

Thanks to the commitment made by Scannappeal works will begin at High Wycombe this month (March 2019) with the new MRI due to be installed by the end of the year. The project at Stoke Mandeville will commence in 2020.  Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter CBE shared his pride in the new appeal “Scannappeal have been proudly supporting and working with communities across Buckinghamshire since 1987 and this is the biggest appeal that we have run in our history.  It is a tremendous commitment but the new Bucks MRI Appeal provides a wonderful opportunity for the local community to work with us to ensure we have the best possible equipment available at our hospitals.”