The Shetland MRI Scanner Appeal currently has many events planned all over Shetland. Those that are likely to have a merchandise table/stall are: Fawlty Towers Teas, Sunday Teas in various halls, Buffet nights, Fashion shows, Swap shops and musical events. There are also tables booked for the Toll Clock Shopping Centre on some Fridays and Saturdays, where people usually volunteer for an hour or two.
There is a Facebook group for Shetland MRI Scanner volunteers, which we use to organise events. People in the group can see what is needed to run the events and generally volunteer for tasks they would like to do as and when it suits them. Even just an hour of time can make a big difference:
Over 600 patients from Shetland must travel south to have an MRI scan each year. MRI diagnostics are used to diagnose and monitor a wide variety of conditions and the number of patients who need them is steadily increasing. There can be delays in getting an MRI scan due to bad weather, transport delays and logistical problems in getting short notice appointments or one stop clinics. There is also the challenge of making the journey itself, which can involve time off work, and impact on family life and childcare at an already difficult time. Through a combination of grant funding and a public fundraising campaign, the Shetland Health Board Endowment Fund aims to raise £2 million for an MRI Scanner located at the Gilbert Bain. Shetland could have its own MRI scanner, so that scans could be done here and sent to the same specialists who analyse them now. This would bring quicker access to diagnostic tests and reduce unnecessary patient travel, stress and inconvenience. The savings in patient travel will be put towards the MRI Scanner.
Experience required: No experience required
Travel details: All over Shetland in various locations.
Minimum age: 10
Expenses details: None.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer