Friends donate to Endoscopy Unit
The Endoscopy unit at Airedale Hospital has received a boost in the shape of three new state-of-the-art blood pressure monitors.
The monitors, which together cost £5,000, were donated by the hospital charity Friends of Airedale. The unit needed more blood pressure monitors to use with the increasing number of procedures they perform. Currently the unit sees 12,000 patients a year and uses the monitors to ensure that patients are safe after undergoing procedures.
Senior sister Julie Blackburn is delighted with the new monitors; “We are extremely grateful to the Friends for purchasing these blood pressure monitors. They’re a vital part of patient safety, allowing us to monitor patients’ blood pressure, temperature and heart rate as they come round from sedation following some of the procedures that we carry out. We already have some monitors, but these extra ones will allow us to carry out more procedures on a daily basis.”
John Lofthouse, Vice-Chair of the Friends of Airedale, said; “We are always pleased to help departments with requests for funding where we know that the equipment will be used to improve patients’ wellbeing. The Friends charity buys those things that the NHS doesn’t fund to improve the experience of our patients, and we are very lucky to have tremendous support from members of our community. It is good to see the blood pressure monitors up and running in Endoscopy, benefiting patients.”
For more information on how to support the charity, please visit www.friendsofairedale.co.uk.