The Foundation contributes funding to buy equipment for the Rheumatology service based at the Haywood Hospital. We respond to requests by members of the Rheumatology Department at the Haywood. The Foundation has bought clinical equipment, such as the first DEXA scanner at the Hospital, used to diagnose osteoporosis. The Foundation also purchased an Ultra sound machine specially designed to look at joints and detect inflammation and other abnormalities in them. The Foundation has also contributed funding to allow development of computer based database systems, helping both patient care and research.
In 1997 the Haywood Foundation made a donation of the original Dexa Scanner, to the hospital, at a cost of £89,500.
This purchase was very important to the patients of North Staffordshire, as before the installation of the scanner, patients had to travel large distances i.e. to Oswestry and Cannock for the service
The scanner is used in the diagnosis of osteoporosis, to measure bone density and to detect the risk of osteoporotic fractures.
The original Dexa scanner, through money generated, enabled the hospital, in 2013, to purchase two new scanners, at a cost of approximately £250,000.
Since the introduction of the first Dexa scanner, it is estimated that around 40,000 people have benefited from the service.
The Osteoporosis and Fracture Liaison Service, which has a specialised clinic at the Haywood Hospital on Wednesdays, has been in place since 2010 and has grown substantially. Beginning with one person, the service now has eight people that deliver this important service.