Scanner bought to save prem babies

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LIVES of premature and sick babies in the neonatal unit of Forth Valley Royal Hospital could be saved thanks to a super scanner bought with funds raised by two charities.

SPIFOX (Scottish Property Industry Festival of Christmas) and So Precious, a charity supporting Forth Valley’s neonatal and maternity services, teamed up to buy the £34,500 scanner.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Una MacFadyen said: “The accuracy that this scanner delivers enables us to get a clearer understanding of the health of the sick newborn.

“We can also send the results digitally to paediatric cardiologists in Yorkhill in advance of babies arriving there for specialist care. This will greatly assist treatment plans.

“We are so pleased to have such an advanced scanner in Forth Valley to help us continue to deliver exemplary neonatal care.”

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