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We hope you and your family are staying safe and well during these challenging times. As a children’s health charity that supports the NHS, we’re doing everything we can to make sure the right equipment is on hand to treat the coronavirus and to reduce its impact on health and wellbeing.

Since launching our Coronavirus Appeal in March, we’re delighted to have raised nearly £12,000 from our donors and from charitable trusts. Thank you so much to everyone who  kindly contributed. However, we still need funds to meet the needs of hospitals and healthcare teams across the North West. Below are some of the projects we’re supporting.

Sealed ultrasound scanner for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

This vital piece of equipment is used in the treatment of patients with respiratory viral infections. Because it is clinically sealed, it can be thoroughly disinfected, decreasing the chance of cross-contamination. This makes it much easier and safer for staff to treat children and young people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Suction machines for children in Tameside and Glossop

ISCAN (Integrated Service for Children with Additional Needs) supports 655 children in the community with disabilities and complex health needs. Many require regular suction treatment to keep their lungs clear of mucus and allow them to breathe more easily. The pandemic will see a rise in the numbers seeking treatment for breathing difficulties and this extra equipment will play a vital role in their care.

AIRVO optiflow units for Royal Bolton Hospital

These units deliver high flow oxygen to support children with breathing difficulties and prevent deterioration of their condition. They are used as a step up treatment from wall oxygen units and a step down for patients who have been ventilated or on CPAP.

Resources to support mental health

Since the pandemic over 80% of young people with anxiety, depression or OCD have reported worsening of their symptoms. We want to provide resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), including sensory toys, books, games, and art materials to help them continue supporting children’s mental health creatively.

We would be so grateful if you could donate to our appeal, either through our website or via JustGiving and help young people stay healthy during this crisis and beyond. Thank you.

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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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