A cash injection of £30,000 has been given to Arrowe Park Hospital for pioneering equipment for lung cancer patients.

Cash donated by the Arrowe Park Hospital League of Friends will fun Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) equipment that dramatically aids the treatment of patients with lung cancer, accurately staging the disease.

Raising money for the hospital for more than thirty years the group helps to provide better services, treatments and facilities for patients, the group had previously donated funds towards purchasing the first EBUS at the hospital in 2014 but the equipment has since been in high demand.

Consultant in respiratory medicine at Arrowe Park Hospital, Dr Andy Wight said: “We have one already however demand for it has been very high.

“It means that we are now able to reinvestigate patients who have lung cancer, to see if they might be suitable for lung cancer medications that are now available.

“This will make a huge difference to patients and we would like to thank the League of Friends for this donation.”

The EBUS is different to a normal bronchoscope which is a narrow tube passed into the patients’ airways with a camera and sampling instruments attached as it also has an ultrasonic probe attached.

This ultrasonic probe will view the patients’ lymph nodes located on the ‘outside’ of the individuals’ windpipe.

Chairman of the League of Friends, Ken Robinson said: “Our volunteers work very hard to raise funds throughout the year to support the hospital and the patients.

“It was great to be able to donate the funds for this equipment which will make a big difference to patients.”