Royal Stoke University Hospital unveils new heart ultrasound scanner

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Volunteers and staff at Royal Stoke University Hospital have raised £70,000 to buy a heart ultrasound scanner for the Children’s Intensive Care Unit.

The hi-tech machine can scan all children – from premature babies to 16-year-olds.

Its high quality pictures means suspected heart conditions can be diagnosed early.

The hospital could not get the scanner through NHS funding.

So Dr Pavanasam Ramesh and his team on the children’s intensive care unit decided to raise the funds with the help of the University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity.

The UHNM guided the team, which raised money needed in just six months.

The scanner will bring relief to families in the North Staffordshire area, who have children suffering from heart conditions.

It means families do not have to be sent to Birmingham for heart screening.

Dr Ramesh says at least 500 young heart patients a year can remain at the Royal Stoke University Hospital to be treated.

Watch our full interview with Dr Ramesh, below:

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