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Physiotherapy Department Leg Press

Physiotherapy Department Leg Press

The Friends awarded a grant of £3,295 in November 2020 for the Physiotherapy Department Leg Press.

This equipment helps with patients exercise and rehabilitation.

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Wellbeing Terrace

Wellbeing Terrace

The Terrace was in need of new benches and chairs – which has been facilitated with the help of the Friends’ £3,495 donation in August 2021.

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Christmas Gifts for our in-patients

Christmas Gifts for our in-patients

The Friends were again pleased to provide wrapped Christmas gifts this year for patients staying in hospital over Christmas.

An £800 donation allowed us to do this in December 2021.

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Pathology Department Staff Room

Pathology Department Staff Room

The refurbishment of the Pathology Department staff room has now been completed – thanks to the Friends’ donation of £7,500.

It looks lovely and hopefully allows the staff a more pleasant rest area.

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Friends at Broomfield donate £50k to Robot Appeal

Friends at Broomfield donate £50k to Robot Appeal

The Friends at Broomfield have donated a magnificent £50,000 to the robotic surgery appeal.

The Friends, who run two shops at the hospital, made a special visit to Theatres to present a cheque and have a demonstration of the Da Vinci robot from surgeon Sri Kadirkamanathan. Some of the ladies even had a go at operating the robot themselves.

The Friends’ Janet Warn said: “When you see the robot, it really makes you appreciate what fundraising can do. It was great to get hands-on. We are all volunteers in the shops and on the trolleys and all enjoy working here. It makes me want to work a few more hours now!”

Fellow volunteer Carol Hansel also got to experience the machine in action: “Using the robot was very therapeutic, like the consultant told us it would be. It was amazing how dextrous you could be.”

Surgeon Sri Kadirkamanathan said: “I’m absolutely delighted. We need a lot of funding for the robot and I’m really stunned and very grateful for the Friends’ support.”

Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator at Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, was thrilled with the Friends’ contribution:

“The Friends are such an asset to the hospital. Their shops are fantastic value for money and you’re always greeted with a smile. We’d encourage all staff to use the Friends’ shops as much as possible because it all benefits the hospital. So if you need a drink or snack, make sure you pop in and say hello to the Friends.”

The robot has four arms attached to a freestanding cart. One arm holds a camera (the laparoscope) and the surgeon operates the “hands” on the other three arms by inserting his or her fingers into rings and using foot controls.

A very small 3D camera and dime-sized surgical instruments are placed inside the patient through tiny incisions. The camera gives the surgeon a magnified 360 degree view of the operative field. Using the console’s hand and foot controls, the surgeon remotely moves robotic arms attached to surgical instruments.

With smaller incisions and better precision, the patient experiences less pain during and after surgery. You’ll also be less dependent on painkillers during recovery. Blood loss during robotic surgery is minimal and you generally avoid the need for blood transfusions.

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Cleft Fundraising Buys New Bottles and Breastfeeding Pumps

Cleft Fundraising Buys New Bottles and Breastfeeding Pumps

Parents Stuart and Carol Gosling have funded five new breast pumps and bottles for children born with cleft lip and palate thanks to generous donations including another £2,000 from the Friends at Broomfield.

A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth as a result of a baby’s face not joining together in the womb. It affects one in 700 babies born in the UK and makes it difficult for the child to feed from either the breast or a conventional bottle because they are unable to form a vacuum inside their mouths.

Carol and Stuart’s son Oliver was born with cleft lip and palate in 2015 and has had two reconstructive operations. 

Over £14,000 has now been raised for the hospital’s cleft department. The Friends’ latest donation is in addition to the £6,000 they have contributed previously, and there has also been a substantial sum from an anonymous donor, and money raised by two charity football matches and table-top sales in the atrium.

Peri Codling, clinical nurse specialist for cleft lip and palate, said: “These pumps are so beneficial. It means mums will be able to express their milk and give their babies the specialised bottle so they get the best breast milk.

“We’ve doubled our quantity of breast pumps and we are able to offer more mums and babies that want to breastfeed the opportunity.”

Carol Gosling said: “When Oliver was born, I was unable to express to breastfeed but I felt it was really important for him to have breast milk. We were kindly lent a breast pump but at the time there were only a limited number available. As we knew there was a shortage, we wanted to give something back for the care we’ve had for Oliver.

“We also want to raise awareness as not many people realise the feeding complications that babies born with cleft palates have. They think it’s just a couple of operations and it’s done.”

Dad Stuart added: “The help from Broomfield cleft team has been amazing – second to none.”

Mum Tanuja Wimslow, whose son was also born with cleft lip and palate, has been one of the parents to benefit from the Gosling’s fundraising: “When my milk came in I was able to use the breast pumps in hospital and establish feeding with him confidently using the specialist bottles. By giving him breast milk, I felt I was doing as much as I could do to give him immunity when he was having operations.”

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