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Thanks to generous donations from The Bradshaw Gass Trust and the Ross Warburton Charitable Trust, MedEquip4Kids has been able to provide two essential pieces of equipment to Ward E5, part of the paediatrics department at The Royal Bolton Hospital.  These new machines will be of huge benefit to infants, their families and staff.

One such device required on the ward is the BiliSoft Phototherapy System, which treats jaundice amongst newborns. Implemented during phototherapy sessions, it allows a family to wrap, feed and hold their baby without any interruption to the treatment process. This will certainly improve the experience for those undergoing phototherapy, and the staff have said they plan to make use of these excellent new machines on a frequent basis.

The funds received will also be providing Mindray monitoring equipment. These machines are straightforward to use and conveniently record all of a patient’s vital signs in one place – thus ensuring an improved service for the children and their families.

Nurse Jayne Simpson said of the generous contribution: “The devices that have been donated on this occasion are important pieces of equipment for our unit that will be of huge benefit to both patients, their families and staff.”

Pictured from left: Mike Haywood, of the Bradshaw Gass Trust; Louby Lou, children’s clown; Elizabeth Stones, long-term patron of MedEquip4Kids; Jayne Simpson, paediatric nurse and Taisie Wilson, corporate fundraiser at MedEquip4Kids.

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“Infections of the central nervous system need urgent and appropriate treatment. Most laboratory methods can take from 24 to 48 hours for diagnosis of bacterial meningitis and three to seven days for diagnosis of viral meningitis or encephalitis. The new equipment will mean we can get results of these tests in around an hour. We’ll be able to inform the clinicians of a positive result, allowing targeted therapy and reassurance to the patients and families. Just as important is the reporting of negative results, which may enable treatment withdrawal and possibly a shorter hospital stay.”

Dr Pradeep Subudhi
Consultant Microbiologist
Royal Bolton Hospital

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