Pink Ladies fund new mammography machine


THE Breast Unit has received its new mammography machine thanks to fundraising efforts by the Pink Ladies.

The new equipment, which was unveiled by the wife of the Lt-Governor, Lady Corder, yesterday, is a state-of-the-art imager which enables mammographers to take more accurate readings.

Jan Coleman, director of hospital services at the PEH, paid tribute to the Pink Ladies.

‘From Health & Social Care we are extremely grateful for all the support from the Pink Ladies’ fundraising to replace this unit for us,’ Mrs Coleman said.

‘The equipment would have been on our replacement plan, but this has allowed us to replace it quicker with this brilliant piece of equipment.

‘As a health service we want to provide the best care to our service users.’

Karen Leach, chairwoman of the Pink Ladies, said it was a fantastic achievement for the charity.

‘As a charity, and as a woman, it’s a fantastic achievement for us as the Sunset Walks, particularly where we’ve raised the money for this investment for the mammography machine.

‘It has finished the development that we started working in partnership with HSC around refurbishing the unit here – we funded the refurbishment, which was also around £180,000, and this is the last thing that needed to be done to get the unit up to the top standard.’

Mrs Leach said any hospital in the world would be proud to have a breast unit of the same standard.

‘We’ve helped the women of Guernsey to have that same quality standard,’ she said.

The breast-imaging device was delivered by manufacturer Siemens and its clinical specialist, Kathy Priday, described it as ‘cutting edge’ technology.

‘It’s been around longer than people would imagine, but it’s really becoming adopted now as the way forward.

‘There have been lots of clinical papers written on it and they really are at the cutting edge here in Guernsey now.’

The Breast Unit at the PEH currently invites all women aged between 50 and 75 to attend every two years for a breast screening mammogram.

The service is provided free by HSC and those aged over 75 are able to self-refer for an examination.

Anyone who has any queries surrounding the services on offer is invited to call on 707730.


Article by Sam Bellis and courtesy of the Guernsey Press and Star. Picture by Adrian Miller, 20362230)


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