A charity has launched an appeal to fund a £150,000 specialist piece of equipment which will help thousands of patients at a children’s hospital
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity - which is the new name for Yorkhill Children’s Charity - is raising funds for a surgical microscope which can be used in a range of procedures including facial reconstruction, cleft surgery, tumour removal and lower limb reconstruction.
The level of detail provided by the microscope gives surgeons the ability to make more informed decisions, the charity said.
The launch of the appeal comes at the start of a new era for the organisation which has chosen to change its name to reflect its new home at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.
Shona Cardle, chief executive, said: “The hospital treats children from across Scotland, and this microscope will make a huge difference to outcomes for young patients and their families.
“We’ve been at the heart of the Royal Hospital for Children since it opened its doors in June last year and although our name has changed, our commitment to providing the best possible care for Scotland’s children remains resolute”.
Craig Russell, lead for paediatric plastic surgery at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “Having a reconstructive, surgical microscope with fluorescence will enable surgeons like myself to know that the tissue they are moving around the body, has a sufficient blood supply before and after the ‘move.’
“This will be a great benefit to our surgical procedures, and often minimise the need for repeat surgery.”