Urgent need for funds to fight Covid-19

There is an urgent need for funds to help hospitals in Hampshire care for local residents afflicted with the new coronavirus.

The Hampshire Medical Fund raises money to buy equipment for Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover Hospitals which is not available within their normal NHS budgets and which enables these hospitals to provide a higher level of service for the communities they serve.

The current coronavirus crisis has highlighted the need for extra equipment to be available urgently.

Local hospitals have a “shopping list” of critically needed medical equipment, totalling £760,000, (see here) and HMF have started a new campaign asking people in Hampshire to ‘Dig Deep’ to help fund the purchases. The campaign started on Wednesday last week (18-3-20) and in its first 60 hours raised over £375,000 – half of the money needed and orders have already been placed.  See below.

There is an urgent need to raise the rest. Can you help?  Donations can be made via the Charities Aid Foundation - https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/12401 - where you can enhance your donation through Gift Aid, or directly through the Hampshire Medical Fund bank account :-

Hampshire Medical Fund

Ref: Dig Deeper
Sort code: 30-90-53
Account number: 00770720

This equipment will give Hampshire medical staff the vital resources they need to meet the challenge of this crisis and save lives. We can all help.

Some of this equipment is currently available, and if orders are placed now it can be arriving at our hospitals in Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover within a matter of weeks rather than months.

“The situation in Hampshire Hospitals (and throughout the UK) is constantly evolving; at the time of writing we have more seriously ill patients than our neighbouring organisations and are working extremely hard to prepare for more. The ability to fund equipment today and have it here expediently is crucial. There is little doubt that we are going to need these resources to save lives.  This scenario may last some time, the sooner we can scale up for our response the better” said Tim Nedas, Consultant Urologist MB BS FRCS at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
Equipment urgently needed by Hampshire hospitals.

3 x Mobile X-Ray Units – these will be used specifically for Covid-19 patients meaning we reduce the risk of cross contamination and maintain a safe level of care critically ill patients who do not have Covid-19.  £165,000. (£55,000 each)

22 x Intensive care unit hospital beds – high specification for use with ventilated patients.  £209,000. (£9,500 each)
14 x Intensive care unit hospital beds – lower specification for use by critically ill patients not yet requiring ventilation. £70,000. (£5,000 each)
1 x Maldi – tof Microbiology machine – identifies organisms that present an MRSA risk amongst other key pathogens informing infection prevention and operational decisions across all three hospitals.  £164,203.
2 x Sara Combilizer – allows severely immobile patients to begin rehabilitation whilst still on a ventilator allowing earlier discharge. £25,990 (£12,995 each).
1 x MRI Ventilator and monitoring system for Critical Care and Intensive Care units – allows MRI scans to be performed on intubated and ventilated patients. £3,837.
1 x MRI Monitoring System for Cardiology and Critical Care – allows ‘stress’ MRI scans to be performed with continual monitoring for critical Cardiac cases. This is not currently possible in Basingstoke, Winchester or Andover hospitals. £41,424.
1 x Cardiac Telemetry Monitoring system for Acute Assessment Unit and Ambulatory Care Unit. Allows patients to move through the emergency department (“ED”) more quickly and to be monitored in the ambulatory care unit (“ACU”) - £39,290.
1 x Transthoracic Echo machine for Acute Cardiology Unit – This machine would allow Andover Hospital to perform cardiac echo scans on Covid-19 patients rather than transfer them to Basingstoke or Winchester hospitals, as the Andover hospital machine has recently broken. £37,000.
1 x Airvo 2 Optiflow System for Children’s Ward – This piece of equipment is highly tuned to deliver humidified oxygen effectively to babies and children who are extremely unwell with respiratory infections. £2,475.
Emergency cleaning staff, and overtime costs – we would like to have the discretion to pay for vital support staff, in consultation with the CEO and CFO of our NHS Trust. £tbc

For further information please contact

Peter G. Walsh
Head of Fundraising
Hampshire Medical Fund


Email: peter@hampshiremedicalfund.org
Mobile: 07775-950206
Skype: p.g.walsh

Fund Website: https://www.hampshiremedicalfund.org/


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