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Patient’s benefiting from kind donation

Equipment bought thanks to a charitable foundation’s £10,000 donation is benefiting its first patients.

The Fletcher Foundation was established to support prostate and breast cancer services throughout south Dorset.

The organisation’s donation has helped to fund two specialist pieces of equipment at Poole Hospital.

At the Dorset Breast Screening Unit, a biopsy attachment called a lateral arm allows practitioners to perform difficult to reach biopsies which would previously have proven impossible. 

The foundation also supported the hospital’s brachytherapy service at the Dorset Cancer Centre. Permanent seed brachytherapy, also known as low dose-rate brachytherapy, is a type of radiotherapy where tiny radioactive ‘seeds’ are placed into the prostate. Each radioactive ‘seed’ is the size and shape of a grain of rice, and stay in the prostate, giving a steady dose of radiation over a few months, destroying cancer cells.

Mel Huish, breast imaging manager for the Dorset breast screening service, said:  “The contribution by the Fletcher Foundation is already improving the lives of patients.

“If a lesion is in an awkward position then biopsies cannot be performed confidently - the arm has been vital in ensuring these women can undergo their biopsy in a timely way, reducing stress and anxiety, allowing us to reassure them or plan their treatment much sooner.

“On behalf of the breast screening service and the patients who have benefited from this equipment, I’d like to thank the Fletcher Foundation for their support.”

Tony Brown, the foundation’s treasurer, said he was delighted the organisation has been able to continue to support the hospital.

“It’s great news that our recent donation to the breast screening unit at Poole hospital has gone towards the purchase of a lateral arm to enhance their X-ray facilities.

“The arm will help to generate a 3D image which makes it much easier to view breast tissue clearly and quickly identify any areas of concern. It’s fantastic to know that several women have already benefited from this technology.”

“The Fletcher foundation is a local charity which supports both the breast and prostate cancer units at Poole Hospital. It gives us immense pleasure to see our contributions being put to fantastic use and helping local people.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the charity - it’s made a fantastic difference already.

“The support we receive at our golf day, bike rides and other events is heart-warming and makes it all worthwhile.”

The foundation is supported by local community groups and businesses including Wimborne & Ferndown Lions and Barclays Bank.

You can find out more about the work of the foundation at

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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