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Specialist Equipment

Flexible skeleton joints to aid patients understand their exercises

The two MSK practitioners with our GP practices are committed to patient education and teaching patients to self care. Therefore we would love to be able to show patients models of ” Flexible knee, hip, lumber spine, and an articulated arm Skelton joints (all with ligaments!) to aid patients understanding and compliance with regards to exercises that are given.

Ref: COW189
Wish Granted

Handheld ECG Machine

My wish is for a handheld ECG machine for Northpoint Medical Practice. The service has over 100 patients in care or nursing homes and have no means of doing an ECG unless they can get into the surgery or be taken directly to the hospital for admission.

A handheld ECG machine would reduce unnecessary admissions to local hospitals as the team could perform the test for any slight chest pains in the comfort of their home, without causing distress. The patient could then be taken to hospital if necessary. It would be a huge benefit in helping with the care of the residents in their homes.

Ref: COW169

Driving Assessments for Older People’s Mental Health Services

To be able to fund the cost of an assessment by the Regional Driving Assessment Centre for patients with mental health problems that may effect their ability to continue to drive.
Many people with early dementia, because of the nature of the condition, face the prospect of not driving. This can have a devastating effect on their lives. Currently, upon diagnosis, patients are requested to inform the DVLA of their diagnosis, this often results in them losing their licence. There is the facility to undertake a driving assessment that gives the person the decision as to whether or not they are able to continue to drive, rather that relying on a cognitive function test that does not specifically look at this area of function.  For many people a driving assessment will be too expensive and they will either stop driving when they don’t need to or continue to drive and not inform the DVLA.

If access to this service could be supported via funding from Health Stars it would enable more patients to have this assessment and either continue to drive or be requested not to drive by the DVLA. If not driving is the outcome it will be easier to accept if the person has undergone a specific test. I am asking on behalf of the Older People’s Mental Health Services in Bridlington/Driffield and Holderness if there could be support for patients with the cost of this assessment via Heath Stars.

Ref: COW160

Mobile Biometrics Unit

The community Stroke Team wish to provide upper limb and cognitive therapy intervention for patients recovering from strokes. A mobile biometrics unit is evidenced to have a positive impact on patient’s upper limb and cognitive functioning through repetitive, enjoyable and meaningful activity. The unit would be used across the Trust hospitals and GP practice areas such as Bridlington, Witherensea and Goole, as well as for the people who cannot access the clinic on the ward at Beverley.

Ref: cow81

Comfort items

We would like to be able to buy items such as newspapers, magazines and toiletries that would bring a level of comfort to patients during their stay on the Macmillan Wolds/GP Unit ward in Bridlington.

Ref: COW79
Wish Granted

Bladder Scanner – Whitby

A Bladder Scanner to be used by District Nursing Services, Ward and MIU to be purchased by Whitby Hospital League of Friends. this is to be purchased from De Smit Medical and is a Cubescan 700 Bladder Scanner .

Wish Granted

Portable ECG machine

As a team we are asked by GPs to visit patients to perform an ECG (to determine differential diagnosis or an acute admission). The equipment within the ” standard Medical Products List” is both heavy and bulky for Community Nurses to carry out this procedure within a patient home..
Therefore, my wish would be to have access to a “portable ECG machine which is both “small and light and can still provide a 12 lead ECG”.

Ref: COW44
Wish Granted

Equipment for Withernsea Hospital

Two pieces of equipment to help patients which the League of Friends have agreed to purchase (Quotes obtained and agreed by League of Friends – letter of confirmation to purchase obtained) as follows: Shower Chair, wheeled adjustable height £59.49 and a Transfer Aid with adjustable Legs £1058.00.

Ref: COW31
Wish Granted

Water cooler for the In Patient Unit in Whitby

We would like to provide a Water Cooler for patients, relatives and staff, at present there is no access to very cool water. The type of Patients cared for are Palliative, Rehabilitation, Dementia plus the Elderly and they would all greatly benefit from this and also the staff to prevent dehydration

Drinking Cups for the Stroke Team

We would like to purchase 4 kapitex dysphagia cups  and 2 drink Rite beakers from the Life After Stroke Fund for use at Rossmore Nursing Home. Money was donated specifically for the purpose of buying dysphagia cups to the funds earlier this year from St Mary’s nursing home. This is to help clients with swallowing difficulties manage their fluids safely.

Wish Granted