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FAST appeal seeks speedy result

The Yeovil Express has launched the FAST Appeal to raise money for a new scanner at Yeovil District Hospital.

The Fund A Scanner Today Appeal hopes to raise £20,000 towards a planned £65,000 investment by the hospital’s bone density unit in a new state-of-the-art scanner to diagnose and treat patients with brittle bone disease.

Left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks.

The existing scanner used by the Somerset Osteoporosis Service is old, out-of-date and prone to break down, hindering the treatment of many patients, and extending the waiting list for scans.

Yeovil Express editor-in-chief Ken Bird said: “We are delighted to be able to help Yeovil District Hospital in this way.

“Although heart disease and cancer are very much emotive subjects, osteoporosis is a condition suffered by thousands of people across the country.

“The new scanner which the Yeovil unit needs will help them to continue with their work and make inroads into the waiting lists.”

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