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Ginny Barber right from League of Friends with hospital staff and donated scanner WebL

New specialised ultrasound scanning services for expectant mothers are now available at Basildon University Hospital, thanks to a £42,000 donation from the League of Friends charity. 

Until now, pregnant women who have complications in the early weeks have had to wait up to 48 hours to be scanned. Now two new state-of-the-art ultrasound machines are available for immediate use to reduce waiting times for women who are anxious to get their results. These high specification scanners give a very detailed and accurate diagnosis.

The League of Friends pledged their support and donated enough money for Basildon Hospital to purchase two new scanners. One is for use in the emergency gynaecology ward, and the second in the maternity ultrasound department, which provides separate rooms for scanning, treatment and a quiet area. 

The new scanner means that expectant parents will also have the opportunity to buy 3D and moving images of their unborn baby at a reasonable cost. 

Stephen Griffiths, general manager for women’s and children’s services, said: “We are enormously grateful to the League of Friends for their generous support which will enhance the care provided to all women and babies at BTUH. This will also give us the opportunity to further develop services.  

Terry Moore, chairman of the Basildon League of Friends, said: “We raise considerable sums of money thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, and we are always keen to hear from hospital staff about projects to improve patient care that are in need of support.” 

The League of Friends is always looking for volunteers. If you have some time to spare and would like to help support health services, please contact Rita Keeler on 01268 793864 or Ginny Barber on 07481 895826.


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