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Charity "overwhelmed" after £1.7m raised for Southmead Hospital

Picture credits: Southmead Hospital Charity

The Director of Southmead Hospital Charity, has said they're "overwhelmed" after more than £1.7m has been raised for the hospital, thanks to their Coronavirus Appeal.

The public donations, which will go towards supporting NHS staff and patients at the hospital, has been raised over the course of the past three months when lockdown started in March.

Of the total amount raised, £1.25m will be invested into caring for critically-ill patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Southmead Hospital.

It'll see a new clinical information system introduce that will improve the ways patients are monitored and treated, while also funding state-of-the-art new respiratory equipment, including a specialist ventilator and portable ultrasound machines.

Staff at the hospital, will also be supported through the funding with new specialist counselling and wellbeing support provided for them during the pandemic.

While, the hospital is to be benefit from significant funding, the charity are hoping to raise an additional £815,000 that will help fund three new coronavirus research project, to help find a breakthrough in fighting the virus.

Sarah Harrison said: 

“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our communities in the past few months – and we are so grateful for the ongoing support which continues to be critical to our continued work in supporting the hospital into the future.  

“We know that there is more to do to ensure the incredible staff at North Bristol NHS Trust and their patients are supported during this uncertain time. 

“And our commitment to fund research into new understandings and treatments for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is our priority which is why we need to continue our call for donations to support these ground-breaking projects. 

“We need your help to ensure our researchers can continue making progress in fighting the virus right here in Bristol – helping us to shape a new future for healthcare.”  

Other areas, that the £1.7m funding will go towards include funding tablets for patients who are isolated from loved one, so they can stay in touch and providing free scan photos to mums who can't be accompanied by the partners at antenatal scans.

Dr Julian Thompson is a Consultant in Intensive Care at Southmead Hospital  and he said:

“In recent months, COVID-19 has presented an unprecedented challenge to Intensive Care Units around the world.  

“Here at Southmead Hospital’s ICU we have received inspirational support from the communities that we serve. 

“The Southmead Hospital Charity’s Coronavirus Appeal donations will allow us to meet the ongoing challenge of COVID-19 with state of the art care for our critically ill patients and leave a legacy of innovation and high quality care for years to come.” 

Anyone interested in supporting the fundraiser can do so by clicking here.

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