Major donation for critically ill patients

Pilgrim Hospital Intensive Care Unit receiving �32,000 donation from Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop. Pictured (front, from left) with charity shop volunteers and Intensive Care Unit staff are Grahame Jakeman from Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop, Dr Gurdip Samra, consultant.
Pilgrim Hospital Intensive Care Unit receiving �32,000 donation from Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop. Pictured (front, from left) with charity shop volunteers and Intensive Care Unit staff are Grahame Jakeman from Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop, Dr Gurdip Samra, consultant.

CRITICALLY ill patients in Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital are to benefit from a £32,000-plus donation.

The sum has been raised by the Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop, in Rosegarth Street, Boston, in a period of about two years, and will pay for new pieces of equipment for the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).

Chairman of the Pilgrim Hospital Charity Shop Pat Boon said they were ‘delighted’ to be able to support the ‘very dedicated staff’ in ICU.

“We are very grateful to our hard working volunteers, donors of clothing, shoes and bric-a-brac and valued customers,” she said.

The new equipment is:

l A state-of-the-art patient cooling system. The machine, costing £17,000, manages the body temperature of patients with severe infections or who have had a cardiac arrest and is the first of its kind to be used at the hospital.

l An imaging device to assist the placement of tubes into the gut for feeding critically ill patients, at £9,350.

l Tablet computer systems for patients who have had tracheostomy (a surgical procedure involving the windpipe) and are unable to speak, but may be able to communicate using a specialised computer.

Dr Andrew Norton, intensive care consultant, said: “We’ve very grateful to the [volunteers] for the generous donation which will enable us to purchase these three pieces of equipment. They will make a huge difference to patients in our care.”

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