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Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends are continually fundraising to provide the most up to date equipment, facilities and services at Bedford Hospital for the benefit of all patients who need the services of our hospital. Our target has always been to support the hospital staff and management to keep Bedford at the Cutting Edge of new technology.

Our current fundraiser is a combined project with the Foundation Trust to introduce Robotic Surgery at Bedford Hospital and hence our new appeal is right at "The Cutting Edge". This will significantly advance surgical techniques available at Bedford, helping to reduce surgical risk and hasten recovery following surgery.

Robotic Surgery is no longer the remit of major surgical centres and as surgeons progress through their training more will be seeking consultant posts where they can use their new "Cutting Edge" surgical skills. With your support, we will all help to keep Bedford at the forefront of modern surgery.

The Da Vinci XI surgical robot is the acknowledged leader in this highly specialised field of surgery and is the equipment we are seeking to purchase and install. With all the required teaching aids the total purchase price is £2m and with your help and support, BHC&F have pledged to donate £0.9m to ensure we have the best equipment that money can buy.

To give you a glimpse of how intricate robotic surgery can be (with none of the surgical gore) please watch this short video of surgeons in training suturing back on the skin of a grape:

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=robotic+surgery+used+to+peel+a+grape&view=detail&mid=E5EC1C00785CA6A19FBFE5EC1C00785CA6A19FBF&FORM=VIRE

Now try the same with a needle and thread!

Thank you very much for your continued support.

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The BHC&F Fundraising Campaign from Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends

"The Friends of Bedford Hospital" and "Bedford Hospitals Charity" joined forces in 2019 forming Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends. Our primary purpose is to support patients and staff at Bedford Hospital, by fundraising to install new equipment and improve facilities and services for all. To date the combined charities have raised well over £12 million for the hospital.

We currently have two appeals:
1) "The BHC&F Fundraising Appeal" This is our general on-going appeal and having just completed the installation of CT in A&E - The Clifton Ibbett Suite - and helped install the best Robotic Surgery equipment available at Bedford we are now directing our fundraising efforts to install Cardiac CT Angiography at South Wing.

2) "Primrose Car Service"  At no charge, a special team of volunteer drivers take Bedford Hospital out-patients for their radiotherapy treatment at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

If you would like to support and donate to either of these appeals please scroll down to the specific appeal window and click on the donate button. We pride ourselves in that all members of the BHCF fundraising team are volunteers with ensuring that 99% of all donations go direct to patient and staff care.

On behalf of us all, thank you for your kind and generous support.

£11,949.12 raised by 125 supporters

£10,002.80 donated and £1,946.32 in GiftAid

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