Endoscopy patients at the Princess Royal Hospital are benefiting from the arrival of new, hi-tech equipment – thanks to a £107,000 donation from the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.

The money has been used to open up a third Endoscopy Room at the hospital in Telford, which has been fitted out with a colonoscope and associated gear including a Scope Guide and a Stack System. Equipment of this type is used to perform internal examinations of the human body, and will allow more patients to be seen as part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

“It is very useful having the capacity to run three rooms,” said Dr John Jones, Consultant Gastroenterologist. “It has been a real challenge keeping up with the demand for endoscopy as, across the two hospitals, we perform more than 12,000 procedures a year.

“We are very grateful to Lingen Davies for this donation. It has allowed us to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, capable of taking and printing photographs much faster than our previous equipment. It produces better picture quality and is more comfortable for the patient, which improves the chance of a successful screening.

“This investment will make a big difference in improving patient experience when they come to hospital for an Endoscopy procedure.”

This is the first stage of improvements to Endoscopy facilities, with Lingen Davies also set to make further donations for additional scopes over the next two years up to a final total of around £340,000.

Louise Cliffe, Fundraising Manager for the charity, said: “We are please that the charity is able to help improve the service provided by the Endoscopy Department and reduce waiting times. 

“The charity is committed to improving facilities for cancer patients in Shropshire and mid Wales and the opening of a third Endoscopy room will mean that more potential cancers can be diagnosed earlier.”


Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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