Weston residents support digital scanner appeal

07 September 2017

Despite a rainy August, residents and staff at Knightstone House in Weston-super-Mare held its annual summer celebration on Thursday 17 August.

Joined by Mayor of Weston-super-Mare, Councillor Mrs Jos Holder, the summer party was organised by residents and scheme staff to raise funds for Weston General Hospital’s new digital scanning equipment and a refurb of its x-ray department.

The event, which was hosted at the courtyard at Knightstone House with crafts stalls, a barbeque and games for children to enjoy, raised more than £1,770.

Weston Area Health NHS Trust has launched the appeal as part of the League of Friends’ 60th anniversary celebrations.

Each year the hospital carries out over 70,000 scans on patients – predominantly the elderly – and demand is expected to increase as the population in Weston and North Somerset continues to grow and age.

The equipment will provide a range of benefits to patients from the region, including:

  • Quicker diagnosis of conditions, leading to better health and treatment for patients
  • A new ‘walk in’ service with no appointment necessary
  • Dramatically cutting down on waiting times and travel.

Darrell Jackson, our Strategic Business Manager, said: “We’re proud to support the campaign and raising funds for new digital scanning equipment allowing conditions to be diagnosed more quickly and by cutting waiting times. The new equipment will provide real benefits to the people of Weston and the surrounding areas.

“As an organisation that provides high-quality sheltered accommodation and extra care housing for hundreds of people aged over 55, we know first-hand about the importance of good quality care in our communities.”

A total of £400,000 is needed by Weston Area Health NHS Trust to achieve its goal by 2018. To support the appeal text SCAN16 and the amount to 70070 or visit the League of Friends’ shop just inside Weston General Hospital.