NHS staff today appealed for help tracking down a stolen plasma screen that is used to help cancer patients in North Devon. The screen was stolen from the hospital at the weekend, when a thief got past two keypad-protected doors. They ignored computers in the same room.
The £2,500 wall-mounted screen enables cancer specialists at North Devon District Hospital to share knowledge with colleagues at hospitals across the South West.
It is used to stage weekly video conferences so doctors, nurses and other professionals can draw on wider expertise and pass on their own experience, making continual improvements in cancer care.
Mike Roberts, Medical Director at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs North Devon District Hospital, said: “This is a real blow for cancer care in North Devon. The screen means we can tap into the best expertise in the South West, and share our own knowledge, quickly and easily.
“There are thousands of people across North Devon who might one day benefit from the advances that this sort of collaboration is bringing.
“I appeal to the person who took this screen to make sure it gets back to us as quickly as possible. It could be a member of your family who needs care one day.”
The stolen screen is a 42″ Pioneer
Although the screen was insured, it might take several weeks to replace.
Anyone with information can pass it on to Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 08452 77744 and quoting crime reference number CB/07/5373.