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Staff from the Rainbow Ward at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary held a presentation attended by Manager Chris Hughes and Community Champion Marie Upton from Morrisons Ince, and Evelyn Glarvey, Project Coordinator at MedEquip4Kids, to say thank you for a generous donation.

The Morrisons Foundation grant provided eight new brightly coloured Recondo Recliner chair beds for the Rainbow Ward so that parents can be comfortable when staying with their child overnight. Hospitals can be a daunting place for young people and the new equipment will ensure that parents can stay alongside their children at a time when they are needed most. It is beneficial for children to have 24 hour parental support during their stay in hospital as it reduces the stress upon them, leading to quicker recovery and discharge.

Heather Dineley, Ward Manager on the Rainbow Ward said: “It is a very difficult time for parents when their children are admitted to the ward. To be able to recline in a comfortable chair at their child’s bedside, and rest when needed, makes a very big difference to their stay.”

The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the supermarket, awards grants for charity projects which make a positive difference to people’s lives. We’re very grateful for the generous support from the Morrisons Foundation over several years, which has helped us to support the treatment of 117,550 children across the UK.

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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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