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Fantastic donation buys innovative support for Lymphoedema patients

The family of a former patient visited the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust to see a new piece of equipment in action which will speed up the diagnosis and treatment of Lymphoedema .

The family of Deborah Coles, who passed away two years ago, had helped to raise a fantastic £15k through a dinner dance and auction to help purchase this innovative new device for the Breast Care Unit.

The family had wanted to thank the hospital for their support and to provide this useful bespoke piece of equipment to support future patients. The Lymphoedema equipment will help to find ways to treat the problem of Lymphoedema to the arm, which can be a complication following breast surgery for some patients. 

The family came along to the George Eliot to see the new equipment in action with Acting Chief Executive, Kath Kelly, Breast Care Consultants Mr Ram Nangalia, Mr Kishore Makam and the dedicated team in the Breast Care Unit. 

Acting Chief Executive, Kath Kelly said: “We would like to thank Debbie’s husband and family again for the hard work they put into raising this valuable donation.

“This machine will help our local community and provide faster diagnosis for Breast Cancer patients with this condition.”

Lymphoedema is a condition that causes swelling in the body's tissues. It can affect any part of the body, but usually develops in the arms or legs. Lymphoedema can get worse if it's not treated so earlier treatment is invaluable.

The machine is connected to a computer, measures the Lymphoedema clearance and provides a more accurate three dimensional measurement. This measurement now takes only 30 seconds and allows the hospital to increase the number of scans it can deliver. Lymphoedema can now be detected earlier and improve the treatment response.  George Eliot is also participating in a national research trial (for which Mr Makam is the principal investigator).

A plaque was placed on the Lymphoedema machine with Deborah’s name included.

Deborah Coles had many years ago raised an amazing £10,000 by organising her own dinner/dance and auction in gratitude for the care given by the hospital. Debbie had been nominated and asked to cut the ribbon of the new Macmillan Centre at the front of the hospital. 

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