Scanner Appeal






Help us to save lives!

We’ve launched a special joint appeal with the Trust's League of Friends to raise £400,000 to buy digital scanning equipment and to refurbish our X-Ray Department. The Fundraising Appeal is a joint initiative to celebrate the 2016 Diamond Jubilee of the League of Friends and the forthcoming 70th Anniversary of the NHS in 2017.


Why we need new equipment

Each year Weston General Hospital carries out over 70,000 scans on patients – predominantly the elderly – and demand is expected to increase as the population in Weston and North Somerset continues to grow and age.

Adding new equipment will provide a huge range of benefits including:

- Faster diagnosis leading to dramatic reduction in waiting time
- Reduced travel  to other hospitals
- A new ‘open access’ walk in service for GP referrals with no appointment necessary
- Increased privacy by re-designing the department and separating inpatients from outpatients
- A more efficient service will lead to better health outcomes for patients
- Patients of all ages will benefit as they will be able to come for their examination whenever it is convenient for them.


How you can help


We have plenty of ways to make an individual donation. Please click on 'Donate' at the top of this page to find out how.


Organise your own event

Either individually, with a group of friends or if you are part of a community organisation, undertaking your own event is great fun. If you're stuck for ideas, go to our Fundraising Ideas page for a whole list of ideas that might inspire you. Remember to download a sponsorship form or set up a JustGiving sub page so your friends and family can support you. 


Get your company involved

Whether it’s long term support or a one-off activity, raising money at work is great for the team and great for your company. You can download a sponsorship form on our Fundraising Tools page.


Celebration Giving

Do you have a special anniversary coming up?  Maybe a Birthday, Anniversary, or another special occasion?  Many people choose to mark a special moment by asking friends and relatives to donate to charity in lieu of any gifts.  A great way to celebrate and help your local hospital too.


Remembering Someone

One way to celebrate the life of a loved one is to ask family and friends to make a donation at their funeral service.  Often people choose to make a donation in lieu of flowers. Please see our leaflet 'Leaving a gift in your will or donating in memory' for more information. 


However you choose to donate or raise money for the Scanner Appeal, we are always here to help and encourage you! If you have any questions or just need that extra bit of support, please call or email us and we'll do what we can to help.

John Cleese lends his support


Internationally acclaimed writer, actor, and comedian, John Cleese is lending his support to Weston General Hospital in aid of its £400,000 Scanner Appeal. The Monty Python and Hollywood star said, “I’m tremendously pleased to support the Scanner Appeal and Weston General - the local hospital of the town I grew up in.

“This is a great cause. The new equipment and X-ray refurbishment will undoubtedly make a very positive difference to people’s health and lives. Good luck with all the fundraising efforts!”. You can read more about John Cleese's backing of the appeal HERE

We now need the support of the local community to make this appeal a reality.  Read on to see why this appeal is important.

Will Burns gives his support


Local boy, Will Burns, a British Touring Car racing driver, takes our Scanner Appeal into top gear by giving us his support. Follow him on Twitter at @willburnsracing or on his Facebook page. We look forward to keeping an eye on him this season which has already got off to a fantastic start for Will! Well done Will and thank you for your support. 

Amanda Prowse book-signing


No.1 bestselling author Amanda Prowse is lending support to Weston General Hospital in aid of its £400,000 Scanner Appeal. The writer of bestselling books including, ‘What Have I Done?’ and ‘A Mother’s Story’, visited the hospital on 19thDecember 2016 for a book signing for her recent novel ‘Perfect Daughter’ set in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare.


The bestselling novelist, who lives locally in the West Country, also donated hundreds of copies of ‘Perfect Daughter’ to the hospital with all proceeds going to its Scanner Appeal. A large number of books were also given away free to staff as an early Christmas present and a token of Amanda’s appreciation for the outstanding work that they carry out on a daily basis.


At the book signing in Rafters, the café based inside the hospital, Amanda gave words of encouragement and support to the fundraising drive. The novelist said: “Weston General Hospital features in my novel ‘Poppy Day’ so I’m delighted to be supporting their Scanner Appeal by donating copies of my book, to help raise funds. “It’s a great cause – new X-Ray equipment that will make a huge difference to the health of people in our local community. But none of it will be possible if we don’t all show our support.” She continues: “It’s incredible to see first-hand the amazing work that goes on at Weston General Hospital. Everyone here works so hard to make sure people are fit and well, especially at this time of year. “I wanted to help give back by donating copies of my new book to Weston’s staff in recognition of their tireless efforts – I hope it makes for a great Christmas present.”


James Rimmer, Chief Executive at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have support for our Scanner Appeal from one of the most well-known and prolific writers in the country. It will help to raise even more awareness for this important campaign. “Amanda fully understands the difference this campaign will make to people’s health and lives in Weston and North Somerset. Her backing is truly valued, as is her kind donation of copies of her recent book – the proceeds of which will help us get even closer to our £400,000 appeal target.”

Wall wrap

Next time you're strolling along the corridor on the ground floor of the hospital by the pharmacy, take a minute to stop and look at the fantastic wall wrap recently installed by local firm Print Factor to celebrate the outstanding efforts of so many to raise money for the Scanner Appeal.  

Update on The works within xray


We have completed an updated clinical results room and digital x-ray suite and installed new x-ray equipment. By the New Year we will have improved waiting and reception areas and, most importantly, provided an inpatient trolley waiting area to dramatically improve privacy and dignity for our patients. We have completed phase 1 which was the relocation of the reporting room for our Radiologists and x-ray reporters has finished. We have a lovely new x-ray scanner which provides patients with quick low dose imaging and the reporting room is an excellent space for our reporters fit for the digital technology now used in x-ray as opposed to the old ways of viewing images with a lightbox. This impacts on patients as the images are taken quickly and can be immediately viewed throughout the hospital and the reporters can be more productive in their reporting leading to faster results for patients. The new reporting room is to be called the Jubilee room after the League of Friends anniversary year. We have now completed phase 2 which is the design of an in-patient waiting area which provides privacy and dignity for our patients coming to x-ray on stretchers. We are extremely excited about this as at long last as vulnerable and ill patients will not have to wait in draughty corridors, it is an improvement we have been waiting a long time for but has only been possible due to this large project. We have now started phase 3 which will be a new x-ray reception which will be designed so that patients can actually see where it is, it will also include an office for closed and private conversations with patients. These changes will future proof our service for the next 20 years as systems become more electronic enabling the department to implement a patient self-check in sometime in the future.