Consultant’s marathon effort to help fund new scanner for Chorley Breast Care Unit

Consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon Dr Shazia Hafiz raised £1,637.50 walking 26.2 miles – marathon distance – from Manchester to the breast care unit at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to help us fund a new mobile ultrasound scanner machine.

The new state-of-the-art scanner cost £4,999 plus an additional £219 for a Galaxy tablet for the scanner app and a trolley to house them both.

It means the unit now has two mobile scanner machines to share among its team of five consultants.

Dr Hafiz, whose sponsored walk took her more than 11 hours inclusive of pit stops for tea and sandwiches, said: “The unit has grown. It has gone from having three to five consultants in a relatively short space of time and so one scanner machine was no longer sufficient.

“On any one day, there are multiple clinics running. Scanner machines enable us to fully and safely examine and assess patients presenting with breast lumps that may be benign or malignant. We are grateful to Rosemere Cancer Foundation for supporting our request for an additional scanner with the funding for it and I am very grateful to everyone, who sponsored me so I could contribute to its cost.”

Thank you so much to Dr Hafiz for this wonderful support – it will make a real difference for patients on the breast care unit!

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