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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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“The specialist treatment chairs are a new vital resource for the therapy team and nursing staff to be able to safely and comfortably sit extremely complex, dependant, critical care patients out of bed. The chairs allow us to begin the patient’s rehabilitation journey by providing appropriate postural support at the same time as pressure relief to allow the patient to build the muscle strength to hold themselves up against gravity. This allows them to begin to interact with their environment in a more normal way, enabling them to participate in meaningful activities such as meal times and activities of daily living.”

Physiotherapy Team
Critical Care Unit
Royal Preston Hospital

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