The EBUS (Endo Bronchial Ultrasound) for the Respiratory Medicine Department is currently under order from Olympus, expected delivery date in early December 2019. Once this equipment is delivered and commissioned, the Friends will engage with hospital management around the next major fund-raising project. with a particular emphasis on new service development. EBUS will be used by the Consultant Respiratory Physicians in the hospital to assist them in the earlier diagnosis of serious respiratory disease, such as lung cancer. There is much research to show that the earlier that lung cancer can be diagnosed, the quicker medical intervention can be initiated, the better the outcomes in relation to survival and cure rates.
The Friends have responded to the request from hospital management to fund the purchase of a new Digital Theater. The Digital Theater is the brainchild of Mr Kenneth Oakinnen, Consultant Surgeon and Associate Clinical Director for the Peri-Operative department with the hospital. This equipment will modernise the operating theater which will facilitate a much more seamless inter-change between the different specialities that use theater, facilitate a faster turn-around of patients in theater and improve patient safety measures in theater.
This voluntary organisation, which was granted charitable status in 1995, has two main objectives:
to raise funds via charitable donations/fundraising to provide seed capital for the development of new services in LUH and secondly to facilitate voluntary work to augment ordinary hospital services. The Friends have been responsible for raising in excess of €7 million from membership fees, donations, church gate collections and various fund-raising events throughout the North West since 1992.
Letterkenny University Hospital,
Tel: (074)91 04466