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From today, when you shop in selected Tesco stores in Tameside, you can choose MedEquip4Kids to receive funds by voting with a token in-store. Voting commences 1st October and finishes on 31st December 2021.

The charity with the highest number of votes across the region will receive up to £1,500 from Tesco Community Grants Scheme, the second will receive £1,000, and the third £500. To vote, you’ll need to make a purchase within store of any value and you’ll receive one token per transaction.

The following stores are taking part in the voting:

  • Tesco Superstore, Stalybridge SK15 2BJ
  • Tesco Express, Ashton under Lyne OL6 6NQ
  • Tesco Express, Ashton under Lyne  OL7 9NU

The funds raised will help provide specialised cots needed in the children’s unit at Tameside General Hospital to improve care for acutely ill patients. The cots used on the children’s unit are around 13 years old, are worn and need upgrading. This year new regulations for cots are being released, so it is expected that the new cots will be designed around childcare and handing and will make a positive difference to the safety and the comfort of the patient. They will be easy to use and maintain, helping to deliver the highest standard of hygiene, and will have special features to care for acutely ill children.

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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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