Westfield Health donation helps young hospital patients in Manchester
A donation from health insurer Westfield Health has enabled
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity to purchase specialist
medical equipment to help with the treatment of its young
Following the £14,378 donation, the Regional Sleep Assessment
Service, based at the hospital, has been able to buy a
Transcutaneous CO2 Monitor which enables staff to
measure CO2 levels in children's blood in order to
provide the right type of ventilation.
Tanya Hamid, Legacy and Trust Fundraising Manager, said: "The
charity supports projects which create more child-friendly services
within the hospital, and purchases specialist equipment that makes
diagnosis and treatment of our young patients both quicker and
"The new CO2 monitor is essential in aiding
assessment and diagnosis of sleep disorder breathing, particularly
for children with severe and complex medical conditions including
Down's syndrome and cystic fibrosis - very often these patients
will require ventilation if their conditions worsen.
"Previously, the hospital was only able to monitor
CO2 levels through a blood sample taken when the
patient wakes up, which never gave us the full picture,
ventilation-wise. This new system gives us a much more accurate
overall idea of the children's breathing and, because it uses a
sensor on the skin, it is not as painful as an injection to take
blood samples can sometimes be for our young patients.
"Being able to diagnose children through non-invasive procedures
and by using the most up-to-date equipment greatly improves patient
care, so this support from Westfield Health is immensely
Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield
Health, said: "No one enjoys being poorly in hospital, but it
can be an especially difficult and overwhelming experience for very
young children, in particular.
"Any piece of medical equipment that can lead to less pain and
anxiety for the hospital's young patients is a development we are
keen to support."