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Charity lottery grants £24,600 for patient benefit

This year 11 lucky hospital teams successfully bid for their share of £24,600 to benefit our patients.

Over 800 members take part every week in the Southampton Hospital Charity lottery, and all for just £1 a week. While 50% of this cost is given out in prize money, the remaining money is available annually for staff to fund smaller projects to benefit patients and enhance existing services. 
 

This year we allocated £24,600 to our winning projects! 

Our winning projects were:

  • Colour coding of chairs, lockers and bedside tables to help dementia patients on Bramshaw Ward find their rooms - £6,096.
  • Tables and chairs to promote social dining with Specialist Medicine patients encouraging them to eat, drink, move - £5,000.
  • Re-vamping the patient waiting area chairs in Princess Anne Hospital Outpatients Department to increase the capacity and comfort for patients - £5,000. 
  • An Accuvein Finder for injecting radioisotopes within Nuclear Medicine. Veins can be damaged due to chemotherapy, so this machine reduces pain and anxiety by helping find veins the first-time - £3,900.
  • Six hand held sats monitors for each side room on the Acute Medical Unit so each has its own designated monitoring equipment - £1,500. 
  • Provision of supportive seating for young children, tools to develop oro-motor skills, specialist feeding cups, and toys to aid early language development for our Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists - £1,500.
  • Drip stands for Southampton Children’s Hospital G4 Surgery Ward. Often the children need long term infusions, so drip stands allow the children the freedom to move around the ward and playroom - £800. 
  • Wheelchair and equipment trolley to take patients to therapy or encourage them to go outside - £300.
  • Subsidised places for the annual Adult Congenital Heart Conference so staff can learn about patient needs and their complex heart conditions - £275.
  • Brooke Ward treats orthopaedic patients and has no entertainment. This will fund six DAB radios to alleviate boredom and provide stimulus for patients - £120. 
  • Southampton Children’s Integrated Rehab Team (SCIRT) provides Neuro Rehabilitation to children post injury or trauma. They want to produce some informative leaflets for patients to take away from hospital - £100.


CASE STUDY:

The existing seating in the sub waiting and main area in Princess Anne Hospital Outpatients Department are old and worn and in need of replacing.

Jo Hall, Sister, comments: “Over the last year I have been fundraising to improve the outpatient area which has included four eight-hour nonstop static cycle challenges. It has been a tough challenge but I have managed to refurbish two of the side waiting areas. They have been in place for only a few months, but the chairs have already started to make a massive difference to our patients which is fantastic.

This lottery grant means that I can buy some chairs for our main waiting area as well. The chairs are particularly low which affects the elderly and pregnant ladies attending clinic as they often have difficulty getting out of the chairs as they are so low to the ground.

Our clinics have expanded in capacity, so by putting in the new fixed seating we can now accommodate more patients, leading to a more positive patient experience.”

Keep an eye out on www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org and our Facebook page for the latest updates on these projects.

This year we received over 65 applications, totalling £293,532. Each of these projects had direct patient benefit all over our hospitals.
 

To enable us to help more amazing projects next year, why not join our lottery? Sign up at: www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org/Join-the-lottery.




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