‘Imagine This…’ appeal delivers life-saving scanner

The new Interventional Radiology scanner was revealed to guests including members of the League of Friends pictured with the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss (right) and West Herts Hospitals Charity CEO Alison Rosen (third right).

Thanks to the generosity of kind donors, our Imagine This… appeal has reached its £695k target! This means a brand new state-of-the-art scanner has been secured for the new Interventional Radiology (IR) suite at Watford General opening in August 2024.

The new IR scanner was unveiled at a special event for donors and supporters on Wednesday 19 June 2024 at Watford General, which commenced with a reception to thank donors for making the scanner a reality. Following the reception, guests were invited to the new Interventional Radiology Suite where they were also able to get a first glimpse of the cutting-edge technology.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss addressing guests alongside Trust Chief Executive Matthew Coats (second right) with West Herts Hospitals Charity Chief Executive Alison Rosen (third left) Senior Sister Novel Sanchez (second left) and Matron, Diane Taylor (left in red).

The reception was opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss, the new patron of West Herts Hospitals Charity, who thanked donors, singling out several donors including the League of Friends, led by Norman and Mavis Tyrwhitt, which contributed £100,000. Thanks were also expressed by the Trust Chief Executive Matthew Coats and our Charity’s Chief Executive Alison Rosen.

At the reception Dr Muhammad Zamir, diagnostic and interventional radiology consultant expressed his gratitude: “You have really helped to build a facility that will save lives,” he said, thanking the donors who made it possible. “It’s not a cliché, it’s the truth. It will alleviate suffering and provide hope to cancer patients.”

The new Interventional Radiology suite was the brainchild of diagnostic and interventional radiology consultant Dr Muhammad Zamir pictured above

Dr Zamir highlighted the transformative capabilities of the new scanner. “This is advanced, cutting-edge technology which will allow us to see high-resolution, clear images as we navigate within the body and it will significantly enhance our ability to perform minimally invasive procedures with greater precision, safety and efficiency” he explained.

“The scanner will also enable us to perform complex procedures that we wouldn’t have been able to perform in the Trust previously. In particular, we’ll be able to undertake ever more advanced life-saving procedures, but also life-changing treatments for both cancerous and non-cancerous conditions.

“The project hasn’t just been an investment in equipment. Fundamentally it’s been an investment in the health and wellbeing of our community.”

‘For colleagues unfamiliar with our work, interventional radiology (IR) is a form of image-guided surgery which enables us to carry out minimally invasive pinhole surgery. IR uses real-time and hi-tech CT, MRI and X-ray images to guide surgical equipment into parts of the body that are otherwise only reached by open surgery. With the new scanner we’ll be able to conduct more complex operations, so more people can be treated more quickly and closer to home.’

Dr Muhammad Zamir, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Consultant
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Anne and Barry Smith, get a close-up look at the new scanner.

The new Interventional Radiology Suite will consist of the treatment room, anaesthetic room and recovery areas with five beds, meaning patients can be welcomed, treated and recuperate all in one space, ensuring privacy and dignity throughout.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Imagine This… Interventional Radiology scanner appeal.
Your generosity has made it possible to purchase the state-of-the-art scanner in the new Interventional Radiology Suite enabling our clinicians to perform life-saving pinhole surgery on patients at Watford General Hospital.

If you would like to talk about fundraising or making a more philanthropic gift toward this scanner, please get in touch.

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