A charity funding boost will see the opening of a new cancer-detection training centre at Hartlepool’s hospital.
Two local charities, Music v Cancer and Support Your Bowel, have donated £15,000 to fund a new endoscopy training facility for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.
The endoscopy training centre will help train medical and nursing staff from across the UK on how to use an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of an organ for ailments including cancer.
It will be based at the University Hospital of Hartlepool and will open later this month.
Tony Larkin, founder of Music v Cancer, which raises awareness of cancer through music, said: “I’m proud that we have been able to fund such an important new initiative and particularly the fact that the centre’s new home will be the University Hospital of Hartlepool.”
Anil Agarwal, consultant colorectal surgeon at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, also a founder of Support Your Bowel, said: “This is a brilliant initiative and will ensure doctors and nurses in the UK have the best endoscopy training.”
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright said: “I’m delighted the new centre will be based in our town’s hospital and I thank the charities concerned.
“Although welcome, this news needs to be the start of two important and related initiatives.
“The training facility needs to build up specialism in the use of an endoscopy to ensure the town becomes a centre of excellence for detection and treatment of related cancers and ulcers for the benefit of people in Hartlepool and the wider area.
“Secondly, this welcome news has to be part of a wider vision to ensure that modern health facilities are based at the hospital, to safeguard our hospital’s future.”
He added: “I am meeting with the Clinical Commissioning Group this week, and the matter of returning hospital services in the town is top of the agenda.”
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