Where Do Your Donations Go?
Play Specialist Nurse
After funding the amazing Playroom the question of 'what next' would always be a difficult one.
When the opportunity to fund a Play Specialist Nurse arose we jumped at the chance and have committed to fundraising for this post for the next 3 years.
The Playroom Rebuild
Seb officially opened the Playroom he inspired on 30th August 2014!
We are so proud that the legacy of Seb4CHUF and the hard work of so many people will bring happiness to the lives of some very poorly children. The blood, sweat and tears of everyone involved in Seb4CHUF will be forever imprinted in the fabric of this amazing facility.
Whether it is the high tech interactive area, messy zone, outside play facility or parents chill out space; this Playroom ensures the journey of many families spending time on the Heart Unit will be made a little easier.
We arranged the purchase of 4 pieces of critical equipment for the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital.
Cerebral Oxygen Saturation Monitor
Funded by The Harrison Foundation
Situated in the new High Dependency Unit (HDU) on Ward 23, it allows the team to detect early changes in oxygen supply to the brain.
It is used continuously in children who the team are worried about and it allows an escalation in their treatment, eg moving from HDU to Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) if the levels show signs of falling.
In a resuscitation situation it enables the team to see how effective they are in maintaining oxygen supply to brain and to react accordingly. It is of enormous help in managing sick children and equally as importantly allows a better response to decreased oxygen supply to the brain, and therefore minimise the chances of brain damage.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Machine
Situated in the Out Patients Department (OPD).
The nurses on OPD have been trained to do the ECG's and this will mean children will no longer have to go and wait in the ECG department.
It will therefore be quicker, reduce waiting time and allow the team to carry out ECG's more frequently.
International Normalized Ratio (INR) Machine
Also situated in OPD, it's function is to allow better management of warfarin (blood thinning) treatment.
Blood Gas Machine
Situated in HDU, this piece of equipment allows rapid assessment of the overall state of the children.
Without it, all the samples would have to be taken to PICU, with associated delay and therefore increased risk for the child.