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MedEquip4Kids has funded new equipment for the Starlight Children’s Ward at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Wythenshawe as the result of a special appeal we set up after the horrifying attack on Manchester Arena last year.

We wanted to offer some extra support to the hospitals which treated children and young people injured in the attack, so we  launched our Manchester Appeal to ensure that they had the necessary equipment to provide emergency treatment, rehabilitation and long-term care for children and young people in the event of such incidents.

Our key corporate supporters, VINCI Construction UK, immediately got on board and have spent the past year raising funds for the appeal through their golf day, sponsorship of the charity’s Shimmer Ball, and other fundraising activities.

On 22 May 2018, which marked the anniversary of the bombing, we visited the Starlight Children’s Ward at MFT Wythenshawe to present a new monitor. Gill and Jen, the ward managers, were delighted to receive the equipment, which will be critical for monitoring children’s oxygen levels and other vital signs.

We have also provided  an aquarium-decorated folding screen to create privacy, distraction and a more pleasant environment for sick or injured kids being treated in the paediatric accident and emergency unit at MFT Wythenshawe.

MedEquip4Kids Chief Executive Ghazala Baig says: “We were all so shocked by the devastating attack in the heart of our city and we just wanted to do something to help. We’re very grateful to everyone who contributed to the appeal and in particular to VINCI for all their hard work raising money for this equipment, which will support the hospital to deliver excellent care to their young patients.”


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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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