A support group has paid for a new piece of equipment which will be used at Kettering General Hospital for women who have had reconstructive surgery following breast cancer.
The Corby-based Breast Reconstruction Awareness Group (BRA) has raised £6,200 to buy a micropigmentation machine used to tattoo nipples created during the surgery.
The new machine, set to be used for the first time this month, follows several years of fundraising by the group, including a fun day, comedy night and numerous pieces of individual fundraising by BRA supporters.
BRA chairman and founder Jane Borland, from Corby, launched the support group in 2008 when the hospital began to provide a breast reconstruction service for the first time.
She said: “We started the support group to help women who were undergoing reconstruction and help them to see and talk to others who had already been through that journey.
“We have worked very closely with the hospital and as a group wanted to fundraise to buy something that would be useful in enhancing the breast reconstruction process.
“We decided on buying the micropigmentation machine so that patients wouldn’t need to travel to other hospitals to have this work done.
“Now we have succeeded and been able to present the funds for this equipment to the hospital.
“We are all over the Moon.”
Consultant plastic surgeon Thangasamy Sankar said: “This final treatment enables us to offer a service that completes the patients’ cancer journey from diagnosis to completed reconstruction.
“It will also mean patients will no longer need to travel outside the county to have the micropigmentation work.”
Consultant oncoplastic surgeon and lead clinician for the breast service at the hospital Salam Musa said: “This equipment will benefit women of all ages post-reconstruction and we expect to offer the service to some 50 women this year. We are honoured to receive this cheque from the BRA group and really appreciate this contribution and their continued support for our patients.”