The opportunity to save a life doesn’t come to everyone, but for Lev chaim it’s routine.
Nobody wants to go on an oncology journey but, if they need it, the sooner they start, the better. Early diagnosis drastically improves outcomes. Unfortunately, under the UK’s National Health Service, rapid access to testing isn’t always possible and it can take weeks or even months to get a diagnosis and begin treatment.
Fortunately for the Jewish community in Manchester, since Lev chaim’s inception in 2018, there’s no need to wait. Lev chaim facilitates early access to tests and investigations by funding them privately. In a situation where every day makes a difference, this undoubtedly saves lives, not to mention saving people the agonies of waiting and worrying.
Rabbi X phoned Lev chaim at 10:00 am to say his daughter of 8 had been having headaches and showing signs of confusion and the doctor wanted a brain MRI scan. The waiting time on the NHS was several weeks but, thanks to Lev chaim, Little Miss X had a private appointment at 1:30 pm, was in the scanner at 2:00pm and had her diagnosis by 5:00pm, ready to move onto treatment.
Mr Y found a lump which needed investigating. Someone close to him had been through this and Mr Y knew how serious it could be. Every hour that he waited for tests he was ‘a nervous wreck’, as he imagined all kinds of scenarios. On the NHS, he would have been in that state for weeks. With Lev chaim’s help, he only had to wait a few days for all the necessary tests and investigations, before, B’H, receiving the good news that it was not malignant.
Building on their success, Lev chaim is now looking at ways to improve patients’ experience during treatment and follow-up.