Former mayor’s gift boosts clinical education
17 October 2013
Southend University Hospital’s lead haematologist was thrilled to be presented with some top-of-the range teaching equipment for his department.
The cutting edge microscope and camera attachment will prove
invaluable in demonstrating blood abnormalities to up-and-coming
doctors, said consultant Dr Paul Cervi.
The equipment, complete with projector screen, was the gift of
former Southend mayor Cllr Sally Carr, who opted to support the
hospital charity during her year-long term of office. She attended
the department with her fund-raising colleagues to present the
Dr Cervi said: "We desperately needed some up-to-date equipment
to improve the training for our specialist haematology registrars
and junior doctors. The bulk of our work concerns patients with
leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and we need to make accurate and
timely diagnoses, so equipment like this is really essential."
But funding for teaching aids is limited so Dr Cervi was
delighted with Cllr Carr's generosity.
"The equipment this replaces was 30 years ago - before digital
cameras were available. It really had reached the end of its useful
Community fundraising manager Kayley Harvey added: "We are so
grateful to Cllr Carr and her committee for choosing the hospital
as their chosen charity for her year in office. This equipment will
be such a benefit of patients with serious blood disorders.
"We would also like to say a big thank you to Olympus Keymed for
providing this equipment and generously giving a £5,000 discount on
With pic:Cllr Sally Carr (seated) and her supporters with Dr
Paul Cervi (front left) and members of hospital staff