Scannappeal has been raising funds since 1987 to provide the very latest technology and equipment for hospitals in the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The equipment is not limited to scanners and includes other major purchases that help clinicians give the best possible care available. Over £11 million has been raised, helping many different departments, and one in four of the local population have benefited from the equipment we have supplied. In the last year alone, this totalled over 100,000 patients.
Scroll down this page to find out more about the life-saving equipment that has been made available in local hospitals thanks to the support of hundreds of individuals and organisations.
Digital and 3D Breast Screening Appeal – £500,000
Pictured below is the first digital breast screening machine at Wycombe Hospital to radically improve diagnosis of early breast cancer. (ongoing)
The second digital breast screening machine was installed in the new state of the art mobile breast screening unit in summer 2014.
The Sound Appeal – £50,000
Pictured below is the first piece of equipment purchased for this appeal. This tympanometer provides advanced diagnostic tests for patients with hearing problems. (ongoing)
Laser Heart Appeal – £100,000
The Illumien System (pictured below) shines a laser to radically improve diagnosis and treatment of angina and heart attacks. (completed spring 2016)
Cancer Fighting Fund—Bowel Cancer – £100,000
The Scopeguide is a piece of specialist endoscopic equipment which allows doctors to precisely locate any potential tumours in the bowel using 3D imaging and also reduces patient discomfort and pain. (completed autumn 2013)
Capsule endoscopy system – one of the capsules containing a camera that patients swallow so pictures can be taken of the intestinal system.
Brain Injury Unit Appeal- £110,000
This was for specialist equipment for those recovering from stroke or traumatic brain injury. (completed autumn 2013)
Below is a gait retrainer purchased to assist with the rehabilitation of the lower limbs in stroke patients.
Below is a touch-sensitive surface that helps patients by using different programmes to test concentration, memory and perception.
Scannappeal has also funded a dedicated computer suite with adapted technology for patients to access occupational, speech and language therapy.
Powered pedals for supervised cardiovascular exercise following a stroke for less able patients or those confined to a wheelchair.
The neurorehabilation kitchen with specially adapted equipment and surfaces to help those recovering from a stroke or other brain injury become independent again.
Wycombe HeartScan Appeal -£140,000
A 3-dimensional cardiovascular ultrasound imaging system which displays moving images of the heart which can be used to diagnose and evaluate all types of heart disease. (completed spring 2012)
A Heartworks simulator to train local GPs to perform specialist heart scans either at the hospital or in their practices.
Save their Skin Appeal – £100,000
To help patients with skin cancer and trauma injuries. (completed winter 2011)
The autostainer and gamma probe pictured below were two items of equipment funded to help identify the precise location of skin cancer in a patient.
Equiping a dedicated minor operations room now means some patients with trauma injuries can be treated much more quickly as they do not have to wait for a main operating theatre to become available.
Amersham HeartScan Appeal
Specialist echocardiography equipment to start a cardiac imaging service at Amersham Hospital for patients with heart disease. Click here to view the video. (completed winter 2010)
Cancer Fighting Fund—Women’s Cancer
Advanced equipment for an innovative diagnostic test to rapidly detect the spread of breast cancer. (Completed winter 2010.)
Cancer Fighting Fund – Skin Cancer
Equipment for patients with facial skin cancer to preserve as much facial tissue as possible, whilst ensuring the cancerous tumour is fully removed. (completed autumn 2009)
Cancer Fighting Fund – Greenlight laser
A greenlight laser for the treatment of locally advanced prostate cancer (completed Spring 2009) and other equipment to treat prostate and bladder cancer. (completed summer 2010)
Cancer Fighting Fund – Lung Cancer
Equipment for the early detection of lung cancer and treatment of other chest diseases. (completed autumn 2008).
Stoke Mandeville Hospital HeartScan Appeal
Specialist echocardiography equipment for improved and tailored diagnostic scans to prevent strokes and heart failure. (completed spring 2009)
Ophthalmic camera to detect and treat glaucoma. (completed winter 2008)
Specialist equipment to help babies and children with heart and brain problems. (completed autumn 2007)
Keyhole Surgery Unit
A chance to see inside the keyhole surgery unit, equipped by Scannappeal. This includes an electric tilt operating table which enables extreme head down and lateral tilt to allow keyhole operations for patients with bowel cancers, rather than a long abdominal cut, thereby reducing pain from surgery and increasing quality of life in the short term. (completed autumn 2007)
(Note: all the people shown in this staged picture are members of hospital staff)
Bone Scanner Appeal
Bone scanner to diagnose osteoporosis and treat those using steroids long term, such as cancer, asthma and arthritis sufferers. (completed spring 2006)
Beat the Clot Appeal
Vascular scanner to help treat deep vein thrombosis and cardiovascular disease. (completed winter 2005)
Breast Cancer Equipment Appeal
Specialist equipment for breast cancer surgeons to reduce invasive surgery and improve breast reconstruction for women with breast cancer. (completed autumn 2005)
To equip two mobile eye screening units to screen those at risk from going blind, such as diabetics and the elderly. (completed spring 2005)
Boost Breast Screening Appeal
Scanning equipment to extend the local breast screening service. (completed autumn 2004)
Cancer Unit Appeal
To equip a dedicated unit for cancer patients, their carers and families. The unit includes facilities for receiving chemotherapy, private areas for counselling and rooms for complementary therapies. (Completed Spring 2004)
Equipment for a dedicated scanning and procedures centre for women which includes an early pregnancy assessment unit and a gynaecological screening facility. (completed autumn 2003)
Prior to 2003 funds were raised to provide a CT scanner, MRI scanner, spiral CT scanner and gamma camera, and to equip the endoscopy unit and urology unit, including a prostate scanner.