Equipment funded by our charity in recent years


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Funds are invested in new medical equipment every year for the benefit of patients. A variety of equipment is provided to improve patient care right across the Trust.

Some of the highlights among the main equipment donated in previous years include:

  • Digital Signage Roll-Out, this equipment helps to refresh the entrance areas of the various hospitals within the Trust and provide the public with information screens.  The equipment helps to create an environment that is warm, welcoming and professional to visitors to the Trust.

  • Video Conferencing Roll-Out, this equipment provides video conferencing for the Anaesthetic Department

  • Falls Alarms, this equipment is used by older, frail, confused patients and helps to reduce falls, which could impact their health.
  • Wax Bath and various other equipment, this equipment is used by patients at the NSIC.  These help patients who are suffering from both long and short term impaired mobility due to suffering or recovering from the effects of a stroke.
  • Hoists for the NSIC, this equipment enable patients who are immobile or experiencing short-term reduced mobility to go about their lives independently, whilst maintaining their dignity.

  • Xcite Functional Electrical Stimulation System, this equipment enables patients with the NSIC with their rehabilitation to help achieve their goal towards mobility.
  • Ophthalmology Video Slit Lamp and Indirect Ophthalmoscope, this eye equipment enables the ophthalmologist to retain complex information.  This can be for example, when they undertake an examination for eye disease.  The information can then be demonstrated to the patient, which enables them to see what the ophthalmologist is doing.
  • Blanket Warming Cabinets, this equipment provides comfort to the patients, especially pre- and post-operation.  The anaesthetic rooms can be cold due to the air exchange and the offer of a warmed blanket can aid patients in their care and well-being.
  • Minor Injuries and Illness Unit (MIIU) X-Ray Machine, to provide a rapid and efficient plain film imaging service to patients presenting with minor injuries in the MIIU unit.

  • An equipped Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting Room, to provide up to date technology which will facilitate cross site and cross Trust visualisation of imaging and histology which will enhance patient diagnosis and care by facilitating  input from a range of specialities for optimal patient treatment.

  • McKinlay Syringe Drivers, which are new drivers automatically measuring doses of medication with additional safety features to improve patient’s clinical care, enabling patients receiving end of life care and medication via a syringe driver to be transferred between community and hospice or acute wards with continuous medication delivery.

  • Pharmacy Robot. This equipment will assist in ensuring that patients receive the treatment they require in a timely manner, improve overall stock management and free up staff to improve management of stock at a ward level so ensuring patients receive the medicine they require. This will mean that they can be discharged more efficiently without having to wait for medicines to be provided.

  • MALDI-TOF MS system, which provides rapid and accurate identification of microorganisms causing infection enabling the patient to receive suitable antibiotics at an early stage replacing broad spectrum antibiotics resulting in a positive outcome of patient care. Purchased in alliance with Scannappeal.

  • Telepack Monitor for fibre optic endoscopy, which is used to evaluate the pharyngeal stage of swallowing. This procedure is a portable examination which is easily taken at the bedside and therefore does not involve transporting patients to radiology for a booked time slot.

  • Trailer to accommodate the new digital mammography units. These new digital mobile units are spacious and provide improved access for less able patients. The digital mobile units also reduce the need for patient travel to hospital.

  • Pulse Oximeter.  This equipment is a non-invasive measurement of functional oxygen saturation of arterial haemoglobin for adult, paediatric and neonatal patients, with audible and visible alarms.

  • Imaging Workstation. This equipment receives raw data from ultrasound moving images of the heart so that post processing and analysis can be prepared for a report. This reduces the waiting time for patients to receive their treatment.

  • Indirect Calorimeter, which measures oxygen consumption and/or carbon dioxide production from which energy expenditure is calculated in order to tackle obesity clinically and support weight management in spinal cord injury patients.

  • Vapotherm; to be used on children of all ages to enable non-invasive respiratory support at an earlier stage of illness thus reducing the risk of deterioration and requirement for intubation.

  • Patient Controlled Analgesia Pumps, with safety features to enable children to continue to self-administer morphine for optimum pain control.

  • Speed-Heat Pads, Improves venous access and helps prevent venous collapse, making it easier for cannulation and improving care by minimising patient discomfort as it provides a constant temperature controlled system.

  • Activity Based Therapy Equipment - St Francis Ward. This equipment will provide additional therapeutic intervention, complement the therapy provision and enhance the quality of treatment received by children and young person with spinal cord injury admitted for rehabilitation on St Francis Ward.

  • Labcold BS Compact Blood Bank Refrigerator. This equipment will allow the patients to have their blood transfusion quicker as the unit of blood will be readily available enhancing the services and eliminating delays between each unit of blood as well as improving the conditions for the whole cancer nursing group of staff as the nursing staff will not need to leave the department to collect blood.

  • Catphan 700 & Catphan Body Anulus. This is a test object which is used to assess image quality in CT scanning. It is used to perform quality assurance and may also be used for CT scan setting optimisation, enabling Medical Physics to perform thorough image quality test on all the Trust’s scanners.

  • Radiometer and Spectrometer to measure the optical radiation emitted by medical devices in order to improve the quality, efficacy and safety of the services provided to the patients.

  • Hoist weighing scales, to weigh innate stroke patients regularly
  • Bioness H200: equipment to treat tretraplegic patients undergoing rehabilitation
  • 2 portable ultrasound bladder scanners. The diagnosis of urinary retention plays a significant part in ongoing bladder management and prognosis. Being a non invasive device, the bladder scanner can sometimes eliminate the need for any unnecessary re-catheterisation and for patients this can result in a more positive experience.
  • Cardiac imaging work station (Echocardiography) for Stoke Mandeville Hospital to improve the workflow through the Cardiology department and enable the Trust to offer a more efficient and streamlined service, resulting in less delays for treatment and a better patient experience. 
  • Activity based rehabilitation equipment for St. Francis Ward to enhance the therapy provision for all children with spinal cord injury by providing additional therapeutic intervention.  This will improve the speed and quality of their rehabilitation as well as providing the best opportunity for neurological improvement (recovery) through greater access to intervention of paralysed parts.
  • 2 Beaver Deneo phlebotomy Chairs to aid the recovery of patients who feel faint during procedures.
  • ME1406 Optos Ophthalmology to reduce the total time of a patient’s visit as dilation is not essential and images are faster to acquire. The patient can then be reviewed more quickly by the doctor. This will allow more patients to be seen and reduce waiting times. 
  • 16 neo-natal monitors to enable safe levels of continued patient monitoring and standardisation of monitoring equipment within the paediatric SDU. 
  • Mobile digital mammography unit and trailer to serve Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • 10 ventilators, 23 monitors and 4 turning beds for use on The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • 17 defibrillators to allow treating life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias, uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart, and pulse-less ventricular tachycardia at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • Pain relief equipment including infusion pumps and infusion systems to facilitate efficient application of pain relief at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • Oral endoscopy equipment to allow less invasive treatment and rapid recovery time at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • Hydraulic table for physiotherapy at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. This table allows the therapist to get closer to the patient in key areas such as the lower back and legs, while giving the patient the comfort and security of a wider table.
  • Ultrasound and light source equipment for ITU at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • ECG machine for A&E at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. 
  • Neurorehabiliation machine at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • Slip Lamp and table for new ophthalmic laser.
  • Tobbi Eye Gaze Communication System for tetraplegic patients for The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • 15 Simplicity renal denervation catheters, a simplicity generator and 20 electrodes to enable the Trust to offer a new cardiology service that will be unique for the South Central Region
  • 3 vital sign monitors to be sited at Children’s Ward 3, Children’s Day Unit and Paediatric Decisions Unit.
  • Electro-ejaculation equipment for The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. This equipment helps men with Spinal Cord Injury to father a child.
  • Heart Works TTE/TOE simulator system in order to reduce training time for GPs and cardiology staff in the cardiac anatomy and the techniques of transthoracic and transoesphageal echocardiography, which is an alternative way to perform an echocardiogram.
  • 4 blood pressure monitors and stands to standardise medical devices to ensure patient safety and staff competencies.
  • 5 wheelchairs to enable higher level spinal cord lesion patients to independently move around the hospital as part of their rehabilitation programme with The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
  • 4 Braun syringe drivers in order to reduce risk to infants and children requiring intravenous medication infusions.

 Thank you for taking the time to read more about the type of projects we fund. 

Every £ counts

£5 could buy equipment to give an urgent blood test to stoke patients ahead of clot busting medication.

£10 could help pay for a CD which helps cancer patients relax during treatment.

£17 could buy defibrillator training pads to help teach children how to re-start the heart after a heart attack.

£76 could buy a digital electronic muscle stimulator for children in our spinal unit.

£577 could buy a resuscitator to support a baby's breathing.