Richard Warburton

At present it is very difficult to organise regular drains for patients. The national guidelines state that all drains should be performed under ultrasound guidance to reduce the risk of complications. The liver department unfortunately does not have its own scanner and as such patients are either having to wait for appointments in radiology or we are having to use scanners from other departments. This results in increased length of stays for patients. Having our own scanner also means that we will be able to train our specialist nurses to perform scans and drains. This means they will be able to bring patients in as a day case electively negating the need to wait for trained senior doctors to be free to perform the drain.

Living with chronic liver disease is difficult and patients are often admitted to hospital. I want to help improve their quality of life in any way I can. Having a hand held ultrasound means that patients can spend less time in hospital and more time at home with friends and family.

My father recently passed away and I also want to do something in his memory. He was never a big fan of large charitable foundations, however he did like to support local charities where he could see the benefits of donations going to good use. We have already raised roughly £1000 through family and friends in his memory and I am undertaking this challenge to help us reach our final goal.

Richard Warburton