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Our work

 

We improve our patients’ care through extra funding for equipment, research, staff and patient welfare.

 

We have funded improvements to our facilities and premises in order to improve patient care and have provided extra equipment to enhance the care of our patients.

For example:

  • The Vivid S70N: This is a portable cardiovascular ultrasound system with 4D capability for the Cardiology department.  This will enable the pinpointing of any issues and symptoms more precisely to ensure the correct required treatment whilst using enhanced digital imaging.
  • Three point of care analysers and consumables to be used Trust wide:  These will help with the rapid detection of influenza and other infections.
  • Three powered wheelchairs for the National Spinal Injury Centre (NSIC), in order to update existing chairs and to meet best practice requirements.
  • The Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill for the spinal gym in the NSIC. The Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ technology empowers patients to move in new ways and without pain, to recover mobility, improve wellness, and enhance physical performance.
  • BTS G-WALK system for the NSIC. This equipment is the ideal solution to treat pathologies related to gait disorders. This is a wireless system consisting of an inertial sensor composed by a triaxial accelerometer, a magnetic sensor, and a triaxial gyroscope which allows a functional gait analysis. The system extrapolates from the data acquired all the spatial-temporal gait parameters required to perform a diagnosis or to define a training strategy. The equipment is an intuitive and easy-to-use solution to obtain accurate, objective and quantitative data.

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We believe better research allows better treatment and cures. We have therefore funded projects to help our doctors better understand medical conditions and causes of death so that preventative measures and interventions can be put in place. Examples of research we have funded include:

  • The Ann Masson Research Fellowship to support the development of research initiatives within the National Spinal Injury Centre.
  • Neuro-Map Research Study: The evaluation of neuro-navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation for rapid corticomotor mapping of impaired upper limb muscles in chronic spinal cord injury.
  • Neuro-TESCS Research Study: The active transcutaneous electrical spinal cord stimulation and peripheral stimulation for rehabilitation of upper-limb function after cervical spinal cord injury.
  • Managerial Research Post for a period of two years to work collaboratively within the National Spinal Cord Injuries Unit and the Research & Innovation Department. This position is supported in order to enable the Research & Innovation Department to build an infrastructure to find better ways for increasing the number of trials related to spinal cord injuries and for patients to access new interventions for treatment and rehabilitation.

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We believe that a well trained, healthy and motivated workforce is a more effective workforce which is able to deliver better care. We have therefore funded projects such as:

  • Refurbishment of the Critical Care Staff Room and Doctors Room in the ICU at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to provide a comfortable environment.
  • Purchase of two sleep pods for use by Junior doctors between shifts. These sleep pods allow doctors to take short naps to reduce stress during the working day and grab power naps during their shift.
  • Supporting the A&E staff with the licence for the Oak Communications Intranet System.  This is a cloud-based system that enables them to access patient records and more importantly, share information on a patient’s treatment and the correct clinical pathway.

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