Charity fundraiser opens new digital mammography machine at BMI The Manor Hospital

Charity fundraiser and breast cancer survivor Pauline D’Errico is launching a new digital mammography machine at BMI The Manor Hospital.

Pauline, who has raised more than £38,000 for charity over the last five years, will join the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson to launch the new equipment, which forms part of BMI The Manor Hospital’s ‘one stop shop’ breast clinic.

Consultant General & Breast Surgeon, Mr Habib Charfare who leads the clinic’s medical team, will also be at the launch of the new equipment, which is an investment of £180,000 by BMI Healthcare.

The installation of the Siemens ‘Full Field Digital Mammography Inspiration’ boosts the hospital’s comprehensive screening and diagnostics service and is some of the highest quality equipment available in hospitals. 

The Mammography Inspiration is a versatile digital mammography machine, which allows staff to screen, diagnose and carry out biopsies in clinic. It is much more comfortable for patients than some of the older equipment in use in hospitals, with better images and it emits lower doses of radiation to patients. Currently, women aged between 47 and 73, are advised to have mammograms every three years. 

Adrian Brady, Executive Director AT BMI The Manor Hospital says: ““We are extremely pleased to again be able to provide this screening service for patients across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The hospital staff takes great pride in providing patients with a caring, private and dignified service due to their many years of experience. “

BMI Healthcare, the UK’s largest hospital group, has also launched a breast cancer awareness campaign, helping to raise awareness of breast cancer. BMI are supporting Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, who believe that ‘if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live’.

BMI is encouraging women to download a breast cancer awareness guide to help them be more breast cancer aware, and Breast Cancer Now’s breast check app called Breast Check Now; you can find the free guide and links to the app stores here.

Categories: Health, Investment

Date: 23rd November 2016