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New Ultrasound Suite Officially Opened Thanks To WWL’s ‘In Pink’ and Boot Out Breast Cancer Campaigns

Opening ribbon of Breast Screening Ultrasound Unit

A new ultrasound suite, funded by over £100,000 of generous donations to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust’s (WWL) Three Wishes charity, has been officially opened. 

Following four years of WWL’s ‘In Pink’ campaign, which encouraged donations towards the new equipment and diagnostic area, a special event was held at the Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan with the town’s Mayor and gathered guests of key contributors in attendance. 

The grand total raised by the campaign of almost £44,000 has contributed to a new ultrasound suite, which will enable the Trust’s Breast Consultants to diagnose patients more effectively and efficiently and will make a positive impact on reducing the waiting list for patients waiting for an ultrasound examination. 

It will also mean the Trust can take part in new and innovative research trials and futureproof the service to be able to bring in new technology, such as artificial intelligence. 

Dr Amruta Talwalkar, Director of South Lancashire Breast Screening Service and Consultant Radiologist at WWL commented: “The South Lancashire Breast Screening Service and the breast team are very grateful and would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has so generously contributed to the ‘In Pink’ campaign. 

“This extra ultrasound machine will make a significant positive impact for women awaiting a potential cancer diagnosis and for our consultants and practitioners in terms of efficiency. 

Newer technology will help us to deliver an accurate diagnosis for patients during what is a very difficult time, so it is an extremely welcome addition.” 

One key contributor to the fundraising campaign has been the Boot Out Breast Cancer fund, set up in 2010 by Debbie Dowie following her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2009. 

Speaking at the event, Debbie, whose campaign donated £58,900 for the ultrasound scanner within the suite, said: “I decided to turn my experience with breast cancer into a positive one and it has been so lovely to meet so many other fundraisers here this evening. It is our honour and pleasure to be able to support this campaign and the service who do a remarkable job.” 

Also attending the event was WWL’s Chief Executive, Silas Nicholls, who commended the fundraising efforts of every single contributor to the campaign, adding: “The people of Wigan really do know how to make a difference to our community, raising funds in so many ways – skydiving, concerts, dinner dances. Anything we can do to help catch cancer in its early stages means we have the opportunity to save lives and from everyone at the Trust, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the In Pink campaign.” 

Finally, Dr Talwalkar stressed the importance of early detection saying: “In some areas of Lancashire, three in ten women currently do not attend their breast screening appointments. If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage of its development, it is estimated that after five years 99 out of 100 women diagnosed will still be alive, so being screened regularly and detecting changes early is very important.” 

Should you require further information about breast screening, contact the South Lancashire Breast Screening Unit at The Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan on 01942 774713, or contact your own GP.

  • Cutting of the ribbon (l-r Silas Nicholls, Dr Amruta Talwalkar, Debbie Dowie and Mayor Kevin Anderson)
  • Breast Screening Team with Professor Sanjay Arya (bottom right)
  • Boot Out Breast Cancer Team with Mayor Kevin Anderson, Silas Nicholls and Sanjay Arya
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