A BIG thank you from everyone at UHNM

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UHNM staff have applauded fundraisers for the generous donations over the past year to thank them for making a difference. Every year UHNM Charity is supported by former patients, grateful families and even the staff who work in the services who all want to make a difference to the services the NHS provides. Giving to the NHS is as old as the NHS and this year has been no exception to the generosity of all those who want to help.

Adela Appleby, Head of UHNM Charity, said: “On behalf of everyone at UHNM I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who have given something to UHNM Charity. It has been a very special year and many of the donations have had a profound difference on the care and patient experience we are able to provide. The sheer breadth of services that have been supported and the variety of patients that have benefited simply can’t be listed. Here are just a few examples of some of the equipment that has been donated to UHNM in the past year.”

Child Heart Scanner – Children’s Centre

Young patients previously had to travel to Birmingham to undergo a heart scan. Now, thanks to fundraisers, a Child Heart Scanner proudly sits in the Children’s Centre. The images are of a better quality and enable staff to make diagnose earlier. Now nearly 500 children a year benefit from this new technology.

CuddleCot - Maternity

When a baby is born stillborn their parents can sometimes only have a few hours to spend time with their child. However, thanks to fundraisers the Trust now has a CuddleCot, which cools the baby and therefore prolongs the amount of time parents can spend with their stillborn infant. The CuddleCot is now part of the Forget-me-Not Suite in the Maternity Centre.

Lymph Couch & Moisture Meter – Cancer Centre

The overall aim of lymphoedema treatment is to reduce the volume of fluid, but this can often be difficult to measure. The Moisture Meter helps to establish the level of swelling in a patient, so offers prompt referral and appropriate intervention for 1,000 patients a year. And the Lymph Couch promotes maximum comfort for patients whilst undergoing Lymphoedema treatment.

Nasopharyngoscope – Heart Centre

A nasopharyngoscopy is a procedure in which the doctor inserts a flexible scope tube through your nose and advances it into the back of your throat. This helps to ensure correct placement of a nasogastric tube to ensure it is placed in the stomach. The scope is now in use in the Heart Centre,

High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillating Vest – Children’s Centre

The High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillating Vest enables our younger patients to remain mobile whilst having this treatment. It helps to remove chest secretions, is more comfortable and is also proved to shorten length of stay in hospital More than 50 children a year will use the vest. .

Site-Rite Console & Probe – Cancer Centre

The Site-Rite Console & Probe allows clinicians to more easily and more accurately place a patient’s PICC line. A PICC line is a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter and is used to give you chemotherapy and other medicines. More than 150 patients a year will benefit from the equipment.

If you have been inspired to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.

Every year more than one million seriously ill children and adults are cared for by University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. UHNM Charity makes things better for patients, their families and the staff who care for them, by funding state of the art equipment, new facilities, innovative research and all the important extras that make care so special.