Hospital Director David McNair presents Denise Van Outen with a cheque on behalf of Breast Cancer Care at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital

In her role as ambassador for Breast Cancer Care, Denise Van Outen officially opened the new digital mammography suite at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital on Thursday February 21.

Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital is the first private hospital in Dorset to have the Hologic Dimensions digital mammography system.

With a superior image quality that is second to none, the new equipment offers the following benefits to patients:

  • Allows enhanced early detection of breast pathology/tissue changes
  • Increased capability to pick up micro-calcifications
  • Faster examination time
  • Ergonomics make the examination more comfortable
  • Lower Radiation dose for than the standard procedure

David McNair, Director of Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, said: “We wish to thank our guests for joining us for the first phase in our refurbishment plans to update the hospital with state-of-the-art technology. We are only one of a small group of hospitals in the south to have this particular system which takes us from analogue into the digital age.”

Due to start in mid-summer 2013, the works will include the installation of a stand-alone MRI suite and an extension to accommodate improved facilities and three theatres on the one floor.

David explained: “Nuffield Health’s investment into this new equipment will cement Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital as the leading hospital in the area with modern facilities and high quality governance along with clinical excellence.

“We would like to thank Denise for kindly accepting our invitation to officially open the new mammography suite and raise awareness of the detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

On behalf of Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital, David presented Denise with a cheque for £4,000 for Breast Cancer Care.

Before cutting the ribbon Denise talked about how she had lost her Grandma to breast cancer a few years ago and the importance of empowering women to come forward for a scan.

Denise said “Thanks to the lovely staff at Nuffield Health hospital in Bournemouth for making me so welcome today.”

Patients are able to self-refer for a mammogram with the new system from the age of 40. All other referrals must be through either a GP or consultant. Self-referrals must be non-symptomatic.

To find out more about the new system or to book a mammogram call the customer service department at Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital on 01202 702830.