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Praise for £2.4m Airedale Hospital facility
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 try their hand at using 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.
Lord Mayor of Bradford, Keighley councillor 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.
He also highlighted the investment in a state-of-the-art facility for local people, and efforts to take on board feedback from patients in the unit’s design.
He also pledged to support the Endoscopy Appeal – which aims to raise £60,000 for new equipment – however he could.
Archie McAdam told how when the unit started 40 years ago, staff thought they were ‘state-of-the-art’ because they had a single endoscope, compared to the dozens of scopes the unit now uses every day. Mr McAdam said he was one of three colleagues who helped to bring endoscopy to Airedale, adding they would have been proud to see the unit doing what is beyond anything they could have imagined possible back then.
The unit held a raffle on the day for the Endoscopy Appeal, raising £200. The appeal aims to pay for equipment, including a video processor that helps diagnose patients more quickly and provides a clearer image for clinicians.
Text ENDO60 followed by £ and the amount you want to donate to 70070, or visit justgiving.com/-AiredaleEndoscopyChristmasAppeal for further information.