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1st October 2015

Local charity purchases life changing equipment for Broomfield Hospital

Essex charity ‘The Christine Willett Trust’ funds £20,000 towards life changing theatre equipment for the treatment of cancer patients at Broomfield Hospital. 

The generous donation received from the Christine Willett Trust has provided Broomfield Hospital with top of the range surgical equipment and a brand new surgical telescope to assist Mr Bruno Lorenzi, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon and the surgical team at the Trust in the treatment of cancer patients.

Founding member Mr Colin Willett and Trustees of the charity visited the hospital recently to see how the equipment is already making a difference.  Mr Lorenz said: “We are immensely grateful to the Christine Willett Trust for so generously purchasing this equipment for us. The benefits of the retractor and telescope to our patients are huge; the whole operation process will be shortened which also translates into a reduction in post-operative complications and an overall improvement in the quality of life for our patients – we can’t thank Colin and the other Trustees enough!”

The retractor works by providing surgeons at the hospital with the best possible conditions to perform vital operations, in particular when they have to remove a large tumour where the operation is often complex and delicate.  Among the many benefits to patient care are large reductions in procedure time, with this cancer treating operation taking an hour less. The equipment allows for complex tumour removal procedures to be removed safely through very small incisions.

The Christine Willett Trust was set up in memory of Mrs Willett in 1993 by her husband Colin, who vowed to raise £20,000 every year after his wife lost her battle with breast cancer.  The money is used to buy equipment for the treatment of cancer for six local Essex hospitals on a rota basis. This year it was the turn of Broomfield Hospital to receive this generous donation to help in the treatment of cancer patients in Essex.