In November 2012 the Rotary Club of Loudoun identified an opportunity to provide medical equipment to the NHS for use on patients from all over the Ayrshire area which they considered would be extremely beneficial to that extended community and a cause with which Rotary would wish to be associated.
The cost of the project was about £2.5K and more than the Irvine Valley club was comfortable providing on their own, given the benefits would relate to an area which extends from Largs in the north of the county to Ballantrae in the south, when all their funds are raised in the Irvine Valley.
The solution, was immediate and obvious.
The project was just asking to be dealt with as a joint venture between all the Rotary Clubs in Ayrshire.
The equipment concerned is called a Dermalite and is used by surgeons both in diagnosis and when assessing the extent of skin lesions which require to be removed from patients. That is cancerous and pre cancerous growths.
The equipment is in fact an illuminated magnifying glass, albeit a very highly engineered one, which allows the surgeon to better view not only the lesion, but also the blood supply to the lesion which means they can make a much better informed decision on both identifying it’s type and the extent of the area which needs to be removed.
This then makes a considerable contribution to the chances of the treatment being successful in terms of non recurrence of the problem.
All patients resident from Ballantrae to Largs, who find themselves in the position where they require NHS treatment to a suspected malignant lesion which will involve surgery, will at some stage find themselves referred to one of three clinics, Ayr Hospital, Crosshouse Hospital, or Bourtree Hill Surgery, where they will be assessed by one of three consultants.
This project means that a “ Dermalite “ is now available at these three locations for use by the consultant concerned.
A spokesman for the Rotary Club of Loudoun said: “Approaching the other clubs in Ayrshire to come on board with this venture has mostly been like pushing an open door, and the support has been tremendous, enabling us to get the equipment in place quicker than expected. They are in use at all three clinics now.”
The attached photograph shows Mr William Currie, the lead oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Ayrshire NHS, with representatives of the participating rotary clubs, when he attended to demonstrate to them the value of the Dermalite in his work.