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Surgeon leads fundraising to help prostate patients

PROSTATE patients from around Bognor Regis will benefit from a new hospital scanner.


The £85,000 prostate template biopsy machine has been installed at St Richard’s Hospital thanks to a fundraising drive by a consultant urology surgeon.


Paul Carter, who is also the chief of surgery for Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust, led the fundraising by taking part in the challenging Medoc Marathon last September running through vineyards in the Bordeaux region of France.


He raised more than £12,000 for Love Your Hospital, the trust’s official charity, and appealed to other charities and organisations to help with extra funding. A host of charities and community groups came together to enable the purchase of the scanner. It will mean urologists at St Richard’s Hospital can investigate the whole prostate gland and provide quicker, less invasive and more accurate diagnosis for patients in Bognor Regis, Chichester, Littlehampton, Worthing and the surrounding areas.


The template biopsy machine will also benefit existing prostate cancer patients as their condition is monitored. Results can be accessed quicker by consultants and more patients will be able to be seen.


Mr Carter said: “This new prostate template biopsy equipment will have a huge impact on the lives of men we see in the clinic, improving the care we provide by making the whole process quicker and better for them.


“Everyone who has kindly donated has helped us to provide the diagnostic procedure at St Richard’s Hospital, which saves our patients from having to travel further outside the area.”


Donations were received by Friends of Chichester Hospitals, Chichester PCaSO Prostate Cancer Network, West Sussex Urology LLP, Bognor Regis League of Friends, Adur East Lions Club, Arundel Rotary Club, Bognor Regis Lions Club, Lodge of Union 38 and Midhurst and Petworth Rotary Club. Jazz Troupe, the Pagham Mulberries, also held gigs in aid of the cause.


A thank you event for all of them was held in the hospital last Thursday. Amanda Tucker, the head of charity for Love Your Hospital, said: “It’s been a phenomenal effort from Paul and all the local charities who have been kind enough to help fund this vital equipment for our patients.


“It shows the power of local charities working together to achieve great things.”


Statistics from Prostate Cancer UK show one man every hour – 10,900 – dies from prostate cancer in the country each year. It is the most common cancer in men. More than 330,000 are living with the disease.

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