New and more effective machines are set to improve cancer care for patients after Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust successfully secured £3.7 million to support cancer services.
The additional funding is being provided by NHS England’s Targeted Investment Fund and will be used to increase diagnostic and treatment capacity at Southend, Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals.
It will mean the Trust can replace some of its aging equipment and help build new facilities.
Andrew Pike, Chief Operating Officer for the Trust, said: “This additional funding is fantastic news for our patients. It means more people being seen more quickly at our hospitals, and for those patients waiting for a diagnosis of cancer - getting that diagnosis sooner and being able to start treatment earlier.
“This new equipment allows us to better serve our local population, giving us a more robust service and fewer delays to patient care.”
The Trust are currently awaiting delivery of several equipment items, including a new x-ray machine, three ultrasound machines, three laparoscopy stacks and three high specification microscopes.
There will be further major radiotherapy expansion in Southend, with works to set begin soon.