The difference Action for Addenbrooke's funds make
With responsive funds it has been possible, for example, to support the following requests from doctors and nurses from across the hospitals. Will you support Action for Addenbrooke's so we can continue to meet such varying yet important need?
Thanks to donors' generous support, we were able to award £18,456 to support the running costs of Acorn House, This ‘home from home' for sick children and their families, based on the hospital site. The aim of basing Acorn House on site is to prevent very sick children from being separated from the love and support of their families while they receive vital medical treatment in hospital. Keeping families together at a time of serious illness can have major benefits by contributing to the child's recovery and general wellbeing including: enabling them to spend time away from the ward environment, have home cooked meals and feel comforted that their parents are nearby. It also prevents siblings being excluded from family life, and provides the opportunity for the family to spend time together when a child is terminally ill. Acorn House is run by the Sick Children's Trust.
STARS: the children and young people's bereavement support service for Cambridgeshire
ACT awarded £9,500 towards the salary of a STARS bereavement counsellor. The children's counselling team at Addenbrooke's supports families when a loved-one dies and recommends ongoing support in the community via STARS. The funding from ACT enables a counsellor to provide pre- and post-bereavement services for young people in Cambridgeshire. Patients and their families can greatly benefit from STARS support. A parent at the end of life can feel much more secure in the knowledge that counselling and support is available for their children. In the case of sudden death, the support of a STARS counsellor can help prevent children feeling isolated and alone.
Patients on the stroke unit and neuro critical care unit are benefitting from three shower trolleys bought with a grant of £16,200. Shower trolleys are designed to allow patients who are not able to sit in a chair the opportunity to enjoy a shower and hair wash. Patients who have no strength in their core muscles and those who don't have the physical ability to sit up, can now benefit from having a full wash, which helps support their comfort, dignity and safety.
Patient education screen for paediatric emergency department
ACT provided £1,399 for the purchase of a computer and plasma screen for the paediatric emergency department waiting room to provide information for parents on managing minor illnesses at home and to advise them on more serious concerns such as meningitis and ensuring their children are vaccinated. The information screen can be updated on a regular basis and therefore information can also be provided on waiting times and staff on duty.
Falls prevention aids
ACT awarded £1,998 for the purchase of pressure alarm pad systems to be trialed on elderly wards and in other areas within the hospital. Falls pressure alarms can help patients who have a combination of mobility problems and cognitive impairment, by alerting staff when a patient tries to get up unaided. The areas that have used the falls pressure alarms all found that the system had been helpful in maintaining patient safety while promoting dignity and reducing the need for extra staff. Overall a reduction of 38.33% has been seen in patient falls.