Watford FC pitches in to help Raise reach our goal!

Watford FC has lent its support to Raise, to help get our interventional radiology appeal over the line. Club captain Tom Cleverley has recorded a video for Raise’s hi-tech scanner appeal for Watford General’s new interventional radiology suite which will save more lives in the local area.

Watch the video to hear Tom’s Cleverley’s appeal message.

The new scanner will allow patients in Watford and the surrounding areas to have cutting edge pinhole surgery provided locally in a fantastic new interventional radiology suite. We have secured an incredible 94% of our £695,000 appeal target and are aiming to raise the remaining £41,000 by the summer.

“Our neighbours at Watford General need your support to help transform pinhole surgery and save more lives in our local area. One day your loved ones might need critical care at Watford General, so please help them buy a lifesaving scanner if you can.”

Tom Cleverley, Watford FC club captain

The appeal video will be shown pre-match ahead of Watford’s next home game against Preston North End on Saturday 4 March.

Also known as image-guided therapy, interventional radiology enables doctors to use real-time imaging techniques, including MRIs, CT scans and ultrasound, to help guide them as they perform minimally invasive surgery, often through a hole the size of a large needle. There are many benefits to this technique; it can be performed under local rather than general anaesthetic, there is a lower risk of bleeding and post-operative infection, and patients can go home faster.

“Thank you to Tom Cleverley, Watford FC and everyone who has supported the appeal. With the new scanner we will be able to take live images and scans while the patient is on the operating table. The images will be detailed enough that we can target treatment directly where it’s needed, for example we can direct chemotherapy straight to the tumour. Interventional radiology has multiple advanced clinical uses for example, the destruction of potentially fatal blood clots. It can also stop severe, life-threatening bleeding following trauma and childbirth.”

Diagnostic and interventional radiology consultant, Dr Muhammad Zamir
If you would like to make a donation to the interventional radiology appeal, please click here
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