We have joined up with North East of Scotland Charity Friends of the Neuro – ARI
A charity that originated in Orkney, raising funds to help make life better for those affected by Brain Trauma on the Neurology Ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Carolyn Toshney (nee Pierpont) has been asked to become associate Chair for the friends of the Neuro by Founder and Chair Caroline Critchlow. Both woman have husbands who were diagnosed with Brain Tumours and both men were treated on the ward.
As a result of them teaming up together, friends and family were determined to help those in a similar situation by raising funds to provide improved facilities on the ward.
The pair and their dynamic teams are working hard to raise the profile of the charity and launch 3 major campaigns along with the support of the kind people of the North East of Scotland from the Islands down…
Campaign 1) On the 18th of April 2016 the House of Commons will be debating for three hours the ongoing lack of funding into Brain Tumour Research and this is where your help is essential.
Caroline Kritchlow and myself have drafted a letter template to encourage MPs to attend this debate to support us/you, the more support we get from our MPs the closer we are on achieving more government funding into Brain Tumour research
Campaign 2) Virtual protein reveal imaging machine . It will be the only one in Scotland and Neuro surgeons will come from all over Scotland to train
Making another case for ARI to be a major trauma centre.
It will also mean that we will continue to build on the expertise of what is already considered to be one of the best Neuro teams in the country with the best neuro physiciologist in the UK.
At present 2D MRI images are used but this machine will give a 3D image of the brain and with special 3D glasses the surgeons can enter the digital image of the brain.
Up and coming surgeons will gain better expertise more quickly and it will allow more complicated procedures to be completed by are experienced team.it will be used to deal with aneurisms and remove more of a tumour than previously possible saving lives previously lost.
It can actually be used on any tumour in the body but for the Brain it will be invaluable as no operation is easy.
3) Ward 205 Re-furb which has yet again been delayed by another 10 months, the last ward in the hospital to be refurbed, yet Friends of the Neuro ARI are along with MP’s (Stuart Donaldson & Alasdair Carmichael) are in talks with NHS Grampian to determine why this has happened again