Liver group celebrates success of scanner at N&N

Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group with Martin Phillips, liver specialist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Members of the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group with Martin Phillips, liver specialist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
6:30 AM

Hundreds of patients have benefitted from the fundraising activities of a Norfolk support group, which helped buy a new liver scanner for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital two years ago.

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The Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group raised £77,500 for the Fibroscan diagnostic equipment, of which £20,000 came from the Geoffrey Watling Charity. Last night the group received a presentation at the N&N on the Fibroscan, which has helped more than 1,000 patients since February 2012.

Bill Dingle, chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Liver Group, said: “It was a huge contribution towards the appeal. The total cost was £77,500 so £20,000 was a huge amount and a big help.”

The scanner has eliminated the need for some liver patients to have invasive and expensive liver biopsies. Instead, clinicians are able to use the non-invasive scanner in just 10 to 15 minutes to use ultrasound technology to find out how badly scarred and damaged a liver is.

Mr Dingle said: “It means an awful lot to people if you go along and have something like that as opposed to a liver biopsy. It’s a huge improvement and people have really appreciated it.”

Martin Phillips, liver specialist at the N&N, added that there were only a handful of the scanners in the country when the liver group handed the equipment over.

“I have been here 11 years and the Fibroscan was a major step forward and it has been one of the most important breakthroughs for the whole of the population of Norfolk.”

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