Get A-Head & QEHB Charities Unite

Posted by Anne-Marie on February 17, 2015

Get A-Head has joined forces with Queen Elizabeth Birmingham Charity to bring a new 3D printer to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Peter  McNeil presents cheque to Louise Newton of Get A-Head

Peter McNeil presents cheque to Louise Newton of Get A-Head

The printer, which uses an additive layer manufacturing process has been installed in the hospital’s Maxillofacial department where it will assist in the treatment of patients undergoing reconstructive surgery.  The 3D printer will create a fast turnaround for patients by reducing theatre times and waiting times. Creating 3D anatomical models, this cutting-edge machinery will allow the department to manufacture custom made reconstructive devices for individual patients and will be hugely beneficial in supporting treatments for head and neck cancer. The Maxillofacial Prosthetics Department covers a wide range of disciplines, including neurosurgical, paediatrics, burns and plastics and cancer patients.

Louise Newton, Charity Manager at Get A-Head, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with QEHB Charity to bring this much-needed machine to the hospital.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated to Get A-Head and QEHB Charity, with special thanks to reconstructive surgery patient Peter McNeil, who donated £45,000 to the Get A-Head charity as a thank you to surgeons for successfully reconstructing his nose after removing a large tumour.”

Peter McNeil, Chairman of Westbridge Food Company said: “I thought I’d never be normal again… I couldn’t imagine living without my nose.

“The surgeons are miracle workers and I knew straight away that I wanted to do something to help.

“I’m delighted my donation means that more people will be able to benefit from reconstructive surgery.

“Losing a nose, eye or any body part doesn’t have to mean it’s the end of anything.”

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l-r Lucie Farrer, Peter McNeil, Stefan Edmondson, Consultant Prosthetist & Louise Newton, Charity Manager at Get A-Head

Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of QEHB Charity, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Get A-Head on another exciting project and would like to thank them for their support in bringing this cutting-edge machine to the hospital.”