11 February 2016

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is leading the way in improving lung cancer care for patients. Dr Sam Hare, consultant thoracic radiologist, has developed an innovative technique for carrying out lung biopsies. Use of this technique means that patients are able to leave hospital just 30 minutes after undergoing the test compared with the four hour stay usually required. Use of this new technique has enabled the service to increase the number of biopsies it performs, increasing early access for patients to the latest lung cancer treatments.

The development of this technique by Dr Hare has been awarded the Innovation Challenge Prize. The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust will receive £100, 000 as a result, as well as support to develop the innovation further.