Will you ‘Love Musgrove’ and help the hospital get a new MRI scanner? - 26 April 2017

Will you ‘Love Musgrove’ and help the hospital get a new MRI scanner? - 26 April 2017

Love Musgrove, the official charity of Musgrove Park Hospital launched its campaign today to raise £1 million to buy a new MRI Scanner for the hospital.

The two existing MRI scanners at Musgrove are now at full capacity and the hospital urgently needs a new scanner to continue to offer the best possible support to patients who need it the most.

An additional scanner will help provide care to patients who may have breast cancer, neurological conditions, cardiac problems, tumours, spinal injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Without it patients with serious illnesses may face a longer wait before diagnosis or have to travel to other parts of the country.

People in Somerset and beyond are being asked to help by going to to donate to the campaign or hold a fundraising event to help reach the target of £1million by March next year.

Love Musgrove is calling on everyone in Somerset to help the 500,000 plus residents who will benefit from this new piece of equipment.

Launching the campaign, England and Somerset cricketer Marcus Trescothick, who is a patron of the appeal, called “start of play” in front of staff and visitors at the hospital. He was joined by Colin Drummond, trust chairman, Peter Lewis, deputy chief executive, and Elizabeth Ladd, head of imaging.

Marcus said: “As a local man, and someone who is more than familiar with MRI scanning, I’m proud to support the Love Musgrove MRI scanner campaign.

“By supporting this campaign and helping our excellent local hospital to achieve its goal of £1million, you will be helping to ensure that people in Somerset are able to make use of this advanced equipment for cancer diagnosis, neurological conditions and of course sports injuries in the years to come.”

Dr Sam Barrell, chief executive of Musgrove Park Hospital, said:

“MRI is one of the fastest growing methods in medical imagery, proving far more effective and safer than traditional X-Ray scans. It is most commonly used to look at the brain, spinal cord, abdomen, bone injuries, joints and soft tissue. It can also be used to look for tumours and investigate how deeply a tumour has grown into the body.

“Because of the ever increasing number of patients, particularly heart patients, who need an MRI scan. This means some people are having to travel to Exeter, Bristol and other locations, with some having to be recalled for repeat scans, and others waiting over 24 hours for their results.

“So, I’d like to ask everyone in Somerset to help us to raise £1 million and buy this crucial third MRI scanner. It’s vital we secure the funding for an additional scanner so that we can continue to offer life changing support to patients.”

Love Musgrove is delighted to have the support from two of the hospital’s other charities, Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) and League of Friends. Both charities have pledged £100,000 each to the campaign.

Annie Maw, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset and Campaign Patron, said: “I am delighted to support this important campaign which could benefit so many across the county.”

Peter Renshaw, chairman of Musgrove’s League of Friends, said: “We are delighted to support the MRI scanner campaign in this way, which is only possible due to the past generosity of our supporters, through legacies and donations.”

Paul Alway, chairman of SURE, said: We are supporting this campaign as recent analysis has shown that over 25% of MRI use is for cancer diagnosis, treatment planning or follow up. Ensuring fast and accurate diagnosis will help treat cancer patients quickly. We are also seeking to raise a further £150,000 towards the £1m campaign, on top of the £100,000 we have already pledged.”