Cancer patients at Norwich and Norwich University Hospital benefit from a �58k donation for new keyhole surgery equipment

A growing number of patients in Norfolk with cancer are benefiting from keyhole surgery, thanks to generous donations made by a hospital charity.

The Friends of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital provide funding and support for the hospital on a voluntary basis, enabling it to buy additional medical equipment for improved patient care.

Funding is allocated by hospital trustees at their bimonthly meetings, with the Friends' recent generous donation of �58,000 having provided the hospital with extensive laparoscopic equipment, used in gynaecological cancer surgery.

This keyhole equipment enables a quicker recovery rate for patients, with fewer complications, providing improved quality of life.

Consultant obstetrician Tim Duncan said: 'The care of patients with gynaecological cancers is changing rapidly with the advancement of key-hole approaches.

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'From the feedback we have received, patients really value this type of approach so we are delighted the Friends are helping us.'

Another donation includes an ultrasound machine, a non-invasive method which can identify tumours on internal organs, given to the acute medical unit.

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Wendy Williams, 51, from Sprowston, is fundraising for the Eve Appeal and gynaecological cancers after her mum Ann Lack died in August from ovarian cancer. Her fundraising party will be on January 20.

Call Wendy on 07908 692365 for more details of the party.

Do you have a health story? Call health reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email

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