Chawton Park Surgery Successfully Enter the Lion’s Den

As part of their celebrations for serving the local community for 50 years, the Alton Lions Club recently launched a ‘Lion’s Den’ initiative with a funding pot of £5,000 to support local community and charity organisations. Dr Jules Barber from Chawton Park Surgery, Alton (CPS) along with Alan Matthews representing the CPS Patient Participation Group (PPG), made a compelling pitch for funding for a dermatoscope with smart phone mount. The panel was impressed by the obvious value of the equipment to the surgery and its patients and CPS were delighted to be selected as one of nine successful bids.

On 1st November, Alton Lions Club members Moira Baker (President) and Frances Parris, attended a CPS PPG meeting where Dr Barber demonstrated the dermatoscope in action. A dermatoscope is a powerful handheld skin microscope which allows doctors to look more closely at skin lesions than is possible with the naked eye. The device helps with early detection of skin cancer with the smart phone mount acting as a camera to take images through the dermatoscope. Skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK with rates of malignant melanoma increasing rapidly.

CPS and the PPG are extremely grateful to Alton Lions for their generous donation which will benefit many patients.

Dr Jules Barber demonstrating use of the dermatoscope to
Alton Lions President MoiraBaker (left) and Lions member Frances Parris