Support Group Make Equipment Donation

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The patient experience offered by our speech and language therapists has been further improved thanks to long-term supporters Head Cases. 

The North Staffordshire-based head and neck cancer support group have donated £4,500 enabling us to purchase an Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI) which will be used to measure tongue strength and assist in speech and swallowing therapy following surgery.

Amy Bainbridge, Clinical Lead Speech and Language Therapist for Head and Neck Cancer at the Royal Stoke said: "We're so grateful to Head Cases and their supporters for their kind donation. By getting this new instrument, we're now able to use new therapies to help patients eat and drink again following head and neck surgery. Being digital rather than previous manual options, it allows us to use our therapeutic creativity on any individual, and offer a more holistic approach. Patients will be able to use the smaller satellite instrument to continue their exercises."

Amy was presented with the IOPI by Head Cases chair Fred Goodwin (right) and secretary Paul Kelly.

Fred, a former head and neck patient told us: "It's fantastic to give something back to this brilliant department. We held numerous raffles, fundraising events and had a number of kind donations to get to our total, and we hope it makes a difference."