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Friends at Broomfield Hospital kindly donate £10,000 to help purchase equipment to measure limb volume.

Friends at Broomfield Hospital kindly donate £10,000 to help purchase equipment to measure limb volume.

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital have kindly donated £10,000 to help fund a piece of equipment which is used to assess lymphoedema.

Shown in the photo – The Friends at Broomfield Hospital (back row) with Mr Mat Griffiths, consultant plastic surgeon (back row far left), the St Andrews Centre team (front row) and patient Sheila Holland using the Perometer.

On Wednesday, October 18, the perometer was installed at the St Andrews Centre gym and will benefit patients suffering from the chronic condition. The remainder of the almost £23,000 cost was met by the department.

It assists clinicians to measure the swelling of the limb, caused by a collection of fluid in the body’s tissues. The condition develops when the lymphatic system, which helps to fight infection and remove excess fluid, does not work properly. It is often the result of cancer or cancer treatment.

The perometer functions using photosensors and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with which the limb is illuminated and scanned. The actual measuring unit is installed in the frame, which is pushed over the limb.

Following staff training, the perometer will now be brought into use.

Mr Mat Griffiths, consultant plastic surgeon, said:
“We are very grateful to the Friends at Broomfield Hospital, who have greatly assisted our fundraising efforts which will benefit patients by allowing our therapist, Annette Palmer, to measure 
limb volumes far more accurately and efficiently than by using a standard tape measure technique.”

 

“The Friends – Supporting your hospital, supporting you”

A Donation to Dignity

A Donation to Dignity

Fashion comes to our Dignity Team all thanks to a £1000 donation from the Friends.

Angela Wade (Research/ Development and Dignity Lead) has been able to buy much needed clothing for our patients who find themselves in hospital either as an emergency or who may not have family or friends to bring items in for them.

Angela Said:
“The Dignity Project team helps provide that extra dignity for people who do not have suitable attire while staying here at Bromfield Hospital, and we are immensely grateful to the Friends at Broomfield Hospital for supporting this important initiative”

Friends volunteers Sandra and Laura joined Angela, Audrey Judd (domestic team leader) and Leanne Lawrence (hotel services administrator) recently to see the wonderful selection of clothes they have purchased, and to learn how the items are distributed around the hospital to those in need.

Our Charity at Broomfield is forever grateful for the continuing support we receive for their continuing support we receive from the Friends and their volunteers.

“The Friends – Supporting your hospital, supporting you”

Music Making on Care of the Elderly Wards.

Music Making on Care of the Elderly Wards.

Since December 2016 Broomfield Hospital’s Care of the Elderly wards have been receiving weekly visits from Pulse Arts CIC - professional musicians who specialise in making music in hospitals.

 

 

On Danbury, Goldhanger, Baddow and Braxted wards they sensitively sing, play guitars and ukuleles, violin and soft percussion to calm and soothe patients.

There is scientific evidence that music can relieve pain and improve the wellbeing of patients, family members and staff.

Patients on these wards, some of whom have dementia, might not be interacting with others. But when the musicians arrive the often start to smile, talk, laugh and even sing and play themselves.

Staff have also been seen singing and dancing with patients; and some have shown off their musical talents by playing instruments.
Jonathan Wright – Patient Experience Manager “the impact the musicians have on the ward is huge, the atmosphere completely changes with big beaming smiles all around for patients and staff”.

This pilot project is funded by Friends of the Broomfield.

Please visit www.pulsearts.co.uk for more information.

Photos – Still from the video of John Kingston, playing with Pulse Arts Musician Joe Danks. Joe Danks and Dave Mckenny

“The Friends – Supporting your hospital, supporting you”

Ophthalmology Presentation

Ophthalmology Presentation

Presentation of Ophthalmology Equipment

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital donate £6,000 probe to the Ophthalmology Department.

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital have kindly donated a £6,000 probe to the Ophthalmology Department. The probe allows clinicians to establish a clear, full view of the eye and replaces the older model which recently stopped functioning.

It can be used for patients with conditions such as diabetes, cataracts and bleeding of the retina.

Mr Ajay Sinha, joint clinical lead and retinal consultant, thanked the Friends at Broomfield Hospital and said: “If there has been bleeding in the eye we need to be able to look in and see what is happening.

“It has a lot of applications for us – it is a front line piece of kit and something that any modern eye department can’t be without.”

The Friends at Broomfield Hospital formally presented the equipment to the department on Monday, December 5.

“The Friends – Supporting your hospital, supporting you”