WELCOME: Tameside Hospital has received a new CT scanner.

A much-needed CT scanner has been delivered to Tameside Hospital.

The caring communities of Tameside and Glossop have come together following an appeal which has raised over £150,000 through coffee mornings, concerts, fashion shows and a host of events from schools, businesses and local charities.

The government stepped in to fill the gap knowing how much technology was needed. Covid cases have increased the pressure on medical imaging in Tameside and Glossop by more than 20%, making the need for the new CT scanner more vital than ever.

A delighted Karen James, chief executive of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT, said it was a red letter day for the Trust and the borough, but without the help of hundreds of local residents and the wonderful support of Quest Media Network, that might never have happened. .

She explained: “When we launched the Scanner Appeal campaign jointly in 2019 with Quest Media, it was before the pandemic and our machines were already running at full capacity.

“So with the added pressures of scanning Covid patients admitted to intensive care, and those with so-called Long Covid requiring chest and lung scans to determine the best treatment, the need has become increasingly urgent. »

Borough Mayor Cllr Janet Cooper, who has chosen the Scanner Appeal as one of her official charities for the second year in a row, said she was delighted with the delivery.

She said: “This year is already proving difficult for many people in the region, so it is wonderful to be able to enjoy such positive news.

“We know from the experts how important these machines can be in the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and on behalf of everyone who has already made a contribution, I would like to say a big thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“This means that my appeal fund will now focus on the other three good causes I have chosen, namely Friends of Tameside Young Carers, Cascade Baby Bundles and Tameside 4 Good and I would be asking people to help me raising much-needed funds for these worthy organizations. .”

Karen James added: “Since the onset of the pandemic, the role of chest imaging has evolved significantly.

“We know this can make the difference between prompt treatment and unnecessary delay.

“However, computed tomography is also essential in the prevention, detection and treatment of many illnesses and diseases.

“It is particularly well suited for quickly examining people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma, and is very important in the diagnosis of cancer and the monitoring of its treatment.

“It can be used to visualize almost any part of the body and is very important for planning the type of medical, surgical or cancer treatment required.”