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Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals donate £17,124 to support local NHS adult community services
10 November 2016

Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals donate £17,124 to support local NHS adult community services

The Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals have made a number of donations totalling £17,124 to enable our local NHS adult community services to purchase equipment to benefit patients and support new initiatives and best practice in care.

The following services we provide have received grant funding:

District/community nursing/integrated primary care teams – Two ultrasound bladder scanners. These will increase capacity enabling nurses to carry out more timely scans in patients own homes or at a local clinic at risk of infection. Three cameras will enable nurses to take photographs of patients with pressure damage in order that they can liaise more effectively with specialist tissue viability nurses to achieve optimum wound healing.

Community Respiratory Service – A spirometer to undertake accurate lung function tests. Data will aid appropriate on-going treatment.

Diabetes Care for You – A continuous glucose monitoring system will significantly benefit insulin dependent patients. It can diagnose an individual’s glucose control and provide valuable information to ensure patients can take more control of their diabetes.

Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team – The team visit patients, their families and carers to explain what has happened after a stroke and encourage lifestyle changes. An i-Pad and anatomical models of joints and muscles to aid understanding and enable patients to make informed choices for their future.

Sussex Rehabilitation Centre – Six new patient chairs and four movable privacy screens to be used in consulting rooms, providing greater comfort and dignity for patients.

In addition monies have been donated for two transilluminator veinfinders which pinpoint difficult to find veins, plus a portable projector to be used in care homes and GP surgeries when running teaching sessions around caring for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Glynn Jones OBE DL, Chair of the Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals, said: “Once again Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals are delighted to be able to support Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust in a very practical way by purchasing equipment and furniture which we feel will help ensure a better experience for patients and their families whilst improving the quality of care.

“The huge and growing demands on local NHS services will always outstrip the resources made available to it, therefore it’s important that charitable organisations like the “Friends” help whenever we can. But we can only provide support if patients, their relatives and friends and the public generally support the work we do.”

Sue Sjuve, Chair of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of our staff, I would like to thank the Friends for their generous donation of £17,124 to fund equipment across a number of our adult community services to improve patient experience. This equipment will help support the care we provide to local people in Brighton & Hove.”