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Airedale Hospital's new endoscopy unit is officially opened
8:00am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
The official opening of Airedale Hospital’s new £2.4 million endoscopy unit attracted former patients, friends and families.
They were able to see how things work behind the scenes as well as trying out some of the new equipment on training dummies.
The three procedure rooms demonstrated how the unit helps people with upper and lower stomach conditions, as well as bowel and lung screening.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Khadim Hussain, and retired surgeon Archie McAdam jointly cut a gold ribbon to open the unit.
Coun Hussain praised staff for the affection and warmth people felt when they came to the hospital and pledged to support the Endoscopy Appeal – which aims to raise £60,000 for new equipment.
Mr McAdam told how when the unit started 40 years ago, staff thought it was “state of the art" because they had a single endoscope, compared to the dozens of scopes used today.
He said he was one of three colleagues who helped to bring endoscopy to Airedale but the unit had gone beyond anything they could have imagined possible back then.
A raffle raised £200 for the Endoscopy Appeal, which aims to raise money for equipment including a video processor to diagnose patients more quickly and provide a clearer image for clinicians.
To donate, text ENDO60 followed by £ and the amount you want to give to 70070 or visit justgiving.com/AiredaleEndoscopyChristmasAppeal.
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