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County’s men to benefit from new service

Press release – April 13 2017


County’s men to benefit from new service

Herefordshire’s men now have state-of-the-art equipment to fight the battle in detecting prostate cancer.

Hereford County Hospital can now offer patients a Trans perineal Template Biopsy Service. This allows a large number of tissue samples to be obtained from different parts of the prostate, improving the detection of small cancers compared with other biopsy methods.

The process uses ultrasound to guide the biopsy, fusing it with MRI images.

Cheltenham-based charity ROBOCAP and members of the Herefordshire Masonic Charities Association visited the hospital after awarding Wye Valley NHS Trust £16,000 to fund the equipment.

ROBOCAP had previously assisted with the purchase of an ultrasound scanner for the department in 2015 and with this latest contribution, the Trust was able to purchase the stepper unit, enabling a far more accurate and quicker assessment of a patient's needs to help determine what type of surgery, if any, is required.

The new service will also reduce on-going follow up appointments and additional diagnostic tests which can cause stress and increase waiting time for patients.

This latest equipment completes the second stage in the build up to a full “one stop clinic,” allowing patients to complete their consultation without travelling out of the county.

ROBOCAP is launching a new £20,000 appeal for further equipment to complete the service giving the Trust’s urology team the chance to offer a one-stop assessment clinic for men with a raised Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - a blood test designed to screen patients for prostate cancer.

Consultant Urologist Mehmood Akhtar said: “Our patients are set to benefit hugely from this latest equipment and I thank ROBOCAP and the HMCA for contributing to the purchase.

“This will make a massive difference to the Trust and help us deliver a 21st century prostate screening service to the men of Herefordshire.”


Pic caption:

Pictured left to right are: Consultant Mehmood Akhtar, theatre practitioner Marianne Williams, Howard Pitts, David Sparrey (ROBOCAP) Rev David Bowen and nick Swan of HMFC

Note to editors:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Katie Farmer, Fundraiser 01432 364078

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105

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