Friends’ group raises thousands for Friarage

Pictured from left - Steve Lamb with Emma Bradford, urology sister, Dr Fawad Arif, specialist doctor in urology, Mr Alaiyi West and Mr Raj Gowda.
Pictured from left - Steve Lamb with Emma Bradford, urology sister, Dr Fawad Arif, specialist doctor in urology, Mr Alaiyi West and Mr Raj Gowda.

THANKS to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Friarage Hospital volunteers a fantastic £120,000 worth of the latest hi-tech equipment has been provided to benefit urology patients at the hospital.

The new equipment will be used in the Friarage Hospital’s operating theatres to provide higher quality images and improve diagnostic procedures for bladder cancer patients and patients undergoing investigations.

Consultant urologists, Mr Raj Gowda and Mr Alaiyi West were joined by Friends chairman Steve Lamb and hospital staff at a special presentation to mark this significant achievement and to officially say “thank you”.

Mr Gowda said: “I am delighted that we have this new equipment which will help us to take the urology service to the next dimension enhancing the service we provide to patients at the Friarage and further afield.

“I am very grateful to the Friends for making this possible. It really is amazing the support received from local people for the hospital and I would like to thank the Friends for their magnificent efforts on our behalf and everyone who supported them.”

Steve Lamb, chairman of the Friends said: “As always the volunteers and the local people who generously support us have pulled out all the stops to raise this huge amount to help their local hospital.

“I am proud of their efforts and glad we can make a difference and help the Friarage, its dedicated staff and ultimately the patients by making sure they benefit from the latest technology available.”

The Friends have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years for Friarage Hospital. The group also runs the popular hospital shop.