Latest Grants news

 

The main priority of the Friends fundraising during 2020 continues to be for Small Acts of Friendship. After two years on the Royal Sussex County Hospital Elderly Care wards, Small Acts of Friendship has helped over 3,000 patients to maintain their dignity, mobility and well being through a range of activities from hairdressing and hand massage to poetry and music groups. We have plans in 2020 to extend Small Acts of Friendship into the vital area of Mental Health at Mill View Hospital.

Trustees will also continue to allocate funds for a variety of equipment for the NHS Trusts we support. We have been fortunate that, due to a substantial legacy, we have been able to support the Cardiac Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital with an innovative project: £200,000 to fund two specialist nurse posts. Cardiac Nurse Specialists offer many patients timely and consistent care for a range of conditions, freeing up Consultant appointments for more complex cases. Delivering these services locally means patients will not have to travel to London or beyond to access specialist care.

In addition to the funds allocated for Small Acts of Friendship and the Cardiac Nurses, during 2019 Friends Trustees agreed just over £125,000 for equipment and services requested by NHS clinicians working for the NHS Trusts we support. 

£34,086.59   to Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals:

 

Imaging (Nuclear Medicine) Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £9,800.00 – to fund a Stress ECG machine. This was possible thanks to a legacy earmarked for Cardiac care.

Newhaven Community Ward

  • £4,875.60 – to fund the refurbishment of the ward lounge. 

Physiotherapy Outpatients, Hove Polyclinic

  • £2,250.00 - to fund a Technogym Bike.

Elderly Care Wards, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £600.00 – to fund refreshments during the Covid crisis.

Park Centre for Breast Care

  • £375.00 – to fund refreshments during the Covid crisis.

Major Trauma Ward, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £3,096.00 – to fund three Tilt-in-Space wheelchairs.

Endoscopy Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £348.99 – to fund a TV.

Acute Floor, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £526.00 – to fund an Ultrasound Training Block.
  • £5,000.00 – to fund an Ultrasound Cardiac Probe. This was possible thanks to a legacy earmarked for Cardiac care.
  • £2,195.00 – to fund a patient transfer scale.

Facilities Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £5,020.00 – to fund bedding for BSUH staff during the Covid crisis.

 

£1,056.00  to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Brighton Community Neuro Rehab Team, Brighton General Hospital

  • £882.00 – to fund a Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) memory and information processing battery.

IPCT West, Brighton General Hospital

  • £174.00 – to fund a fridge.

 

£13,024.17  to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

East Brighton Community Mental Healt Centre, Brighton General Hospital

  • £674.75 – to fund yoga mats, blankets and meditation cushions.

Brunswick Ward, Mill View Hospital

  • £600.00 – to fund the hire of Knoll Park pavilion for the use of Brunswick walking group.
  • £320.00 – to fund memory prompting picture books for the ward library.

Acute Working Together GroupMillview Hospital

  • £3,311.70 – to fund Fresh Start self care packs for service users admitted in an emergency.

Mill View Hospital and Rutland Gardens

  • £8,117.72 – to fund equipment for patient activities during the Covid crisis.

Lindridge Care Home

  • £279.60 – to fund cream teas.

 

£1,189.02  to other support for the NHS: 

Brighton Scrub Hub

  • £1,189.02 – to fund fabric supplies during the Covid crisis.

£338,330.98  to Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals:

 

Cardiac Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £200,000 – to fund two specialist nurse posts; an Aortopathy Nurse Specialist and an Acute Cardiopathy Nurse Specialist. Cardiac Nurse Specialists offer many patients timely and consistent care for a range of conditions, freeing up Consultant appointments for more complex cases. Delivering these services locally means patients will not have to travel to London or beyond to access specialist care.

Critical Care, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £1,160 – to fund four Critical Care Transfer Bags, winner of the Patient Safety Award in 2017, which will allow clinicians to access equipment very, very quickly during medical emergencies.

Elderly Care Wards, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £30,000 - to continue funding the services needed to enable support for social activities for older patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital through the Small Acts of Friendship coordinator
  • £4,950 – to fund a Bladder Scanner

Emergency Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £72,582.90 – to fund simulation equipment which will provide trauma education beyond the Advanced Trauma Life Support to Emergency Department doctors, nurses and HCAs of all grades. Highly trained clinical staff will particularly benefit Emergency Department patients because the conditions seen there are often time sensitive to treatment.
  • £2,777.97 – to fund the refurbishment of the Emergency Department Consulting Room in order to provide a less clinical and more comfortable environment for family members to wait in and to hear bad news.
  • £4,819.92 – to fund ceiling sky panels which will be lit to mirror day/night patterns to reduce patient confusion in a bright and busy 24/7 department.

High Dependency unit (HDU), Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,847.00 – to fund ceiling sky panels which will be lit to mirror day/night patterns to reduce patient confusion in a bright and busy 24/7 department.

Imaging Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £990 – to fund an electronic adjustable phlebotomy chair which will mean that patients given an intravenous contrast will be more comfortable and dignified.

Maternity Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £626.43 – to yoga mats and other equipment to be used for hypnobirthing classes, a proven method of improving birth experience and reducing analgesia during labour.

Neurosurgery, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,999 – to fund a full body passive/active exercise machine which will be hugely beneficial for patients with neurological spasticity and paralysis as well as elderly patients and those who have lost muscle tone for other reasons, such as a long period in ICU.

Nuclear Medicine, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £2,141 – to fund two electric three section examination couches which will benefit patients receiving IVs.

Peri-Operative, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £1,100.50 – to fund a Difficult Airway Trolley for the Obstetrics Department to allow for clinicians to access essential equipment much more quickly during emergencies.

Phlebotomy Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,849.50 – to fund five new phlebotomy trolleys which will fit beside the patient bedside, offering the phlebotomist more time with the patient.

Rapid Access Clinic for Older People (RACOP), Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £738 – to fund a High Capacity chair scale to provide dignity for less mobile patients.

Renal Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £514 – to fund a complete Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) set, an interactive psychotherapy tool to reduce psychological stress. Under NICE guidelines, this extremely innovative form of therapy is one of the first lines of treatment for PTSD and it is used with approximately 30% of Renal Department patients.

Speech and Language Therapy, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £226.76 – to fund an EMST (Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainer). This is a highly innovative approach in Voice and Swallow therapy to improve the quality of life for patients with long standing swallowing difficulties.

The Vascular Ward, Level 8, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £1,008 – to fund a Sara Stedy Stand Aid, a mobility support aid that encourages patient independence.

 

£1,436 to  Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust:

Responsive Services, Brighton and Hove

  • £1,436 – to fund an ECG machine for the rehab unit which will provide responsive patient care, reduce the need for transfer into acute hospital setting for monitoring, enable GPs to promptly diagnose and monitor cardiac conditions requiring further investigations, and assist with prescribing medicines to stablise symptoms.

 

£16,016 to  Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust:

Caburn Ward, Millview Hospital

  • £10,191 – to fund plants and outdoor furnishings for the developed garden area which will be used for patient exercise and to promote well-being.
  • £5,825 – to fund outdoor gym equipment for the garden area.

 

£132,200.47  to Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, including:

Elderly Care Wards, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £100,000 - to continue funding a coordinator for Small Acts of Friendship and the equipment needed to enable support for social activities for older patients at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Dermatology, Brighton General Hospital

  • £1,955.94 – to fund two Dermatoscopes for diagnosis of skin conditions
  • £1,170.00 – to fund two Cryoflasks for storing liquid nitrogen

Musculoskeletal Services, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £2,075.00 – to fund a set of portable bed scales

Abdominal Surgery and Digestive Diseases Department, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,822.00 – to fund two high definition monitors for endoscopy
  • £890.00 – to fund a Sara Stedy stand aid

Head and Neck Services, Sussex Eye Hospital

  • £1,300.00 – to fund a Carescape Dinamap to measure blood pressure and oxygen saturation in the blood

AAU, Medicine, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £3,795.00 – to fund a Maximove patient hoist

Neurosciences Stoke Unit, Solomon and Donald Hall Wards, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,924.00 – to fund MOTOmed which will be used to maintain patient arm and leg movements and strength

CT Imaging, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £877.80 – to fund a manually reclining armchair for patients whose treatment requires them to be sitting for several hours at a time

Nuclear Medicine, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £4,570.90 – to fund two incubators for radiopharmacy products to be more easily available on site

Physiotherapy Department, Brighton General Hospital

  • £4,595.91 – to fund a Liko patient Hoist

Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £800.00 – to fund a Sara Stedy stand aid

Nutrition and Dietetics, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £240.00 – to fund a Gyenno anti-tremor spoon to encourage independent earing for patients with Parkinsons disease and other conditions that cause hand tremors

Elton John Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital

  • £183.92 – to fund a Micro Monitor to facilitate smoking cessation

 

£21,047.24 to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, caring for patients in the community

Responsive Services, Brighton and Hove

  • £309.00 – to fund a PhysioTools licence which will be used to prescribe physio exercises to rehabilitate patients. 

Wellbeing Team

  • £399.00 – to fund CDs, CD Players and yoga mats to be used for theraputic sessions for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Tissue Viability Service

  • £450.00 – to fund heel pressure badges to raise awareness of debilitating heel ulcers.
  • £69.00 - to fund a camera to record wound healing.

Community Bladder and Bowel response service

  • £19,663.44 – to fund three Bladder Scanners for the local clinics which will improve diagnosis, treatment and prevent hospital admission for bladder conditions.

Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, Newhaven Polyclinic

  • £156.80 – to fund Peg Hole, Mirror Therapy kit and mats to encourage patients rehabilitation.

 

£15,438.16 to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Caburn Ward, Millview Hospital

  • £14,500.00 – to fund the design and implementation of a new garden for Caburn Ward patients. 

Meridien Ward, Millview Hospital

  • £368.96 – to fund patient activity equipment for this older age mental health ward.

Rutland Gardens recovery unit

  • £569.20 – to fund bicycle equipment and music equipment for this recovery unit.
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