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RUH doctors make Cancer Unit Challenge appeal

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DOCTORS at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) are urging people in Westbury to take part in the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group’s #BCUSG 3000Challenge and help raise money for essential medical equipment.

The charity reports, “The cancer unit at the RUH treats about 3,000 new patients a year on average but the coronavirus pandemic has put increased pressure on cancer services at the hospital.

 “The BCUSG charity is asking local people to dream up their own fundraising challenge based on the number 3,000 to fund new equipment that will allow doctors to treat cancer patients more quickly.”

Richard Graham, deputy medical director and a consultant radiologist at the RUH said, “As a result of the constraints due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the NHS needs more capacity to treat patients, including patients with cancer.

“Radiotherapy and cancer diagnostics are now fully operational, but additional capacity is needed and further investment in these areas will undoubtedly be beneficial.

“So we are asking local people of all ages to get behind the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group’s 3000 Campaign and help fund state-of-the-art medical equipment which will enable us to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.”

BCUSG chairman Mike Taylor, pictured, said, “Fundraising ideas can include anything from skipping 3,000 times, scoring 3,000 goals or completing a distance of 3,000 metres (3km) in your garden or on roller skates. The more imaginative the ideas, the better. Anyone can take part, whatever your age or ability, so long as official advice on social distancing is followed. People can share their fundraising photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #BCUSG3000Challenge and encourage others to get involved.”

The BCUSG recently contributed £340,000 towards the cost of an advanced gamma camera for cancer diagnosis and has allocated money for a quiet room at the RUH for palliative care and portable ultrasound scanners for breast cancer patients.

For more information and guidance on how to take part in the Bath Cancer Unit #BCUSG3000 Challenge go to www. bcusg. org. To make a donation using Virgin Money Giving go to BCUSG Virgin Money Giving page.  Alternatively, to donate to the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group, email Alan Webb at fundraising@ bcusg.org or phone 07896 741233.

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