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Collaborative fundriaisng by Rotary clubs brings new ultrasound unit to hospital

PUBLISHED: 16:37 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:37 01 November 2017

Mark Gilham, Head of Radiotherapy NNUH, Nick Corke former East Anglian District Governor, Roger Clarke president Norwich Marchesi Rotary Club, Richard Parker Chief Operating Officer N&NUH with the advanced ultrasound unit for modern brachytherapy treatment of prostate cancer. Photo: Jim Wilson

Mark Gilham, Head of Radiotherapy NNUH, Nick Corke former East Anglian District Governor, Roger Clarke president Norwich Marchesi Rotary Club, Richard Parker Chief Operating Officer N&NUH with the advanced ultrasound unit for modern brachytherapy treatment of prostate cancer. Photo: Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

More than £54,000 raised by a variety of organisations has enabled an innovative ultrasound unit to be installed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

An international project involving Rotary members in Norwich and Rotarians in Bangalore, India helped bring brachytherapy - a form of radiotherapy where a sealed radiation source is inserted into or close to the area requiring treatment - to the hospital.

While the Norwich-based Marchesi Rotary Club, and the Rotary Foundation helped fundraise for an eye hospital in Bangalore. The new eye hospital is needed primarily to undertake cataract operations, a major cause of avoidable blindness.

President of Marchesi Rotary Club, Roger Clarke, said the partnership was “a wonderful example of international co-operation”.

Particularly congratulated were two Marchesi club members Bob Lamont, who initiated the project having undergone treatment for prostate cancer, and former club secretary Graham Knights who led the successful bid to the Rotary Foundation.

The other Rotary Clubs associated with the project were: Aylsham, Brandon, Chatteris, Cromer and Sheringham, Diss, Fakenham, Framlingham, Holt, Ipswich, Norwich Blackfriars, Norwich Thorpe St Andrew, Saxmundham and Watton and Dreieich Isenburg (Germany).

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