When Bert and Muriel Terry heard that Darlington Memorial
Hospital is raising money to buy a state of the art MRI scanner,
they knew they had to help and immediately wrote a cheque for
Bert, 87, explains, "I was brought up on a farm in Wensleydale
and one of my earliest memories is of an accident I had when I was
about three or four. Being a curious little boy, I managed to
slice the top off a finger by inserting it in a haymaker. I had to
spend quite some time in Darlington Memorial Hospital and remember
being very well looked after. There was a real chance I would
lose my hand but they managed to save it and most of my finger.
All these years later, I'm getting more great care at Darlington
Memorial Hospital, where I receive fortnightly blood transfusions.
While the treatments, technology and lots of other things have, of
course, changed beyond recognition since my childhood, the staff
have the same attitude all these years later. They're kind,
helpful, cheerful, and give me exceptional care. They treat
my wife and I like family.
Muriel adds, "In making this donation, we're getting the
satisfaction of giving something back to the hospital that has
given my husband great care in both his early and later
years. We hope the new scanner will help do the same for
CDDFT aims to raise £2.5m to bring the latest MRI scanning
technology to both Darlington Memorial and Bishop Auckland
Dr Elizabeth Loney, Clinical Director for Radiology, explains,
"We're so grateful to Mr and Mrs Terry for their very generous
donation which gives a real boost to our appeal. MRI scans
are particularly good at looking at soft tissues and tremendous
advances in technology over recent years mean they can be
enormously helpful in diagnosing cancer, heart conditions, strokes
and many other health issues. Scans can also give doctors
information that previously required the patient to undergo surgery
or another invasive procedure as part of the investigation of their
symptoms. Crucially, MRI scanners don't use radiation, unlike
"MRI scans are so useful we're doing more of them each
year. In the last year alone the number of MRI scans has
increased by 11%.
"In the past, some patients have been unable to tolerate the
noise or have felt claustrophobic during the scan which can result
in it being abandoned. An MRI scan can take between 30
minutes and an hour - much longer than people may realise, so
comfort is really important. Modern scanners have a choice of
music the patient can listen to - they can even bring their
"We're re-developing the whole MRI suite at Darlington.
Changing and waiting areas will provide greater privacy.
Anaesthetic facilities will be improved which will particularly
benefit children who can't lie still in the scanner.
"An MRI scanner is one of the most expensive pieces of equipment
a hospital will ever purchase and we'd love the whole community,
including individuals, companies, schools, sports clubs etc, to
support us by holding events such as coffee mornings, cake sales
and sponsored activities in aid of the Scanner Appeal. Every pound
counts. After all, you never know when you or a loved one
might need a scan.
"We're happy to offer support and advice and will be publicising
events and fundraising on the CDDFT website."
If you would like to make a donation to our MRI appeal or get
2 March 2017
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community