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LIBOR funding for children’s 3T intraoperative MRI suite at Leeds Children’s Hospital

Wednesday 23rd November 2016

The announcement that £1.85 million has been allocated from the LIBOR fund to help with the cost of an advanced new brain and spine scanner for young patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital has been warmly welcomed.

Children-Hospital-entrance-close-up2.jpgLinda Pollard, Chairman of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The announcement by the Chancellor today is extremely good news for Leeds Children’s Hospital and the patients and families who use our dedicated services. 

“I would like to pay tribute to Edward Ziff, the Chairman of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation, who was determined to secure this funding and worked extremely hard to make it happen."

Edward Ziff added: “The Charitable Foundation, which runs the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, is totally committed to this scanner, which will transform outcomes for young patients across the region for years to come.  I was particularly keen to ensure some of the LIBOR grant fund came to Leeds and am delighted at today’s news from the Treasury.

“The Charitable Foundation has already pledged to match the Treasury funding and is committed to ensure this important project can become a reality as part of the next phase of the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.  I’d like to thank my fellow trustees on the Foundation for the support and enthusiasm they have shown.”

Leeds Children’s Hospital, based on the Leeds General Infirmary site, is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the UK and saw almost 180,000 patients last year from West and North Yorkshire and beyond.

To further develop these highly specialised services, a major priority is to create the facilities to deliver a children’s 3T intraoperative MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) suite to complement the existing children’s neurosciences service.

3T intraoperative MR Imaging has revolutionised what can be diagnosed and treated in the brain and spine and potentially reduces the number of general anaesthetics that children need. This equipment will be a major step forward for a number of conditions including the treatment of brain tumours, the most common solid tumour found in children.

The new facility will be located alongside existing services in the Leeds Children’s Hospital, and it is planned to be operational before the end of 2018.