18 December 2012 – Launch of Christmas endoscopy appeal
Primary school pupils have helped launch a Christmas appeal to raise funds for equipment for a new endoscopy unit at Airedale Hospital.
The children, from Steeton Primary School, have decorated dozens of Christmas pledge posters for hospital staff and supporters to pass to festive messages to colleagues so they can donate money to the appeal instead of buying cards.
The appeal has been launched to raise more than £60,000 for new endoscopy equipment. This includes an endoscopy irrigation pump, which reduces the risk of damaging the bowel and is more comfortable for patients; a video processor, which helps to diagnose patients more quickly and provides a clearer image for the clinician; and entonox hoses which allow procedures to be carried out without sedating patients allowing them to drive home and return to work after just 35 minutes instead of possibly staying overnight in hospital.
A new fundraiser, Bronagh Daly, has been appointed to lead on campaigns which will result in major improvements to the facilities at Airedale Hospital – the first being the Endoscopy Christmas Appeal.
Bronagh Daly, charity fundraiser at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We receive many donations from members of the public whose friends and family are treated in our hospital, but some departments are simply more popular than others such as our children’s unit and the Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (HODU) where cancer patients are treated.
“Our Endoscopy Christmas Appeal has been chosen as we are struggling to get the funds we need to buy vital equipment for this key area, which will really benefit patient care.”
The endoscopy unit is currently being rebuilt and expanded so that patients can be seen more quickly following referral from their GP, particularly for new initiatives such as the national bowel screening programme – Airedale Hospital is one of the local screening centres – and other public health campaigns which promote the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The new unit will provide extra capacity to deal with the increase in demand following public awareness initiatives and allow room for growth in the future by providing an extra procedure room. Designed to meet standards set by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) which certifies all endoscopy centres, the new unit will offer same sex facilities in all areas where this is necessary, for example, dedicated male and female waiting areas for when patients have changed into gowns.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to the Endoscopy Christmas Appeal can either text ENDO60 followed by £ and the amount they want to donate to 70070 or visit http://www.justgiving.com/AiredaleEndoscopyChristmasAppeal.