Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation
Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation is an independent registered charity which raises money for major fundraising projects at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The Charitable Foundation was founded in 1998 to mark the 50th
Anniversary of the NHS and continue the tradition upon which the
hospital had been built. The trustees at the time, as today, were a
group of local people who cared greatly about Southend and wanted
to help enhance the services that the hospital could
The Keyhole Cancer Appeal is the Charitable Foundation's latest
appeal and follows the very successful Bosom Pals Appeal On
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Keyhole Cancer appeal
The Keyhole Cancer Appeal aims to raise £600,000 for the
provision of a new state-of-the-art laparoscopic (keyhole surgery)
theatre suite at Southend University Hospital.
This will enable surgeons to perform the latest and most complex
keyhole procedures for patients undergoing cancer and general
surgery. At the heart of the new theatre will be some of the most
advanced camera systems in Europe, which deliver extremely high
quality 3D images.
Hundreds of Southend patients are likely to benefit each
year. They include people suffering with bowel and
prostate cancer or gynecological conditions. Many of
these patients would have previously had to have 'open' surgery'
which would have meant longer hospital stays and recovery times and
greater post-operative pain and scarring.
Mr. Mike Dworkin, speaking on behalf of the surgeons at Southend
University Hospital said: "The new operating theatre
will deliver high resolution 3D images allowing us to see and
identify anatomical structures more easily and perform the most
complex keyhole procedures. For the first time all the
systems in the operating theatre will be under the central control
of touch panels and the new equipment will be free of pipes, tubes
and wiring. We will also be able to bring digital x-rays
and body scans to the screens and to record or film the operation
for the benefit of patient records. It also means the surgeon can
use the two-way video conferencing function to dramatically enhance
the teaching process. We really are incredibly grateful
to Southend Hospital Charitable Foundation for launching this
appeal which we know will make a significant difference to the
patients we treat".
If you have any questions about the keyhole Cancer
appeal, please call 01702 385337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org