Charitable Funds Bids Panel

Panel Grants under 10K are reviewed by the Charitable Funds Bids Panel with £144,451 being awarded for 2011/12 

£5,776 Reclining Chairs

Ward East 8 is a dedicated care of the elderly medical ward which provides quality and safe care for over 30 patients.  Patients are mostly over the age of 85 and require lots of occupational therapy during their stay.  To assist in their rehabilitation and recovery the patients require appropriate seating to facilitate this.  Not only will this enhance the patient experience it will also help in the earlier discharge from Hospital. The ward was granted funds for 8 new reclining chairs. 

Donna Conway, Ward Sister “Our aim is to provide the best care for our patients. Enhancing quality of life and patient experience is vital in the patient’s recovery”. 

£3,180 Ice Making Machines

For some women pregnancy can be a difficult time and can result in long periods of hospital inpatient stay.  Some women are unable to tolerate food and drink and some are nil by mouth.  A request for 3 ice making machines to help hydrate ladies through this difficult time was funded. 

Abigail Kaye Midwife “The ice chips can give significant comfort to the patient.  Ice chips also help with oral care and helps remove the discomfort of being unable to drink.  Improving hydration and comfort to the women in our care”.

£2,220 Lecture Theatre Chairs

The lecture theatre at Riverside Health Centre is a well used facility for the provision of both patients and staff education and also by voluntary sector groups.  The Health Centre offers weight management programmes and diabetes education programmes to adults and speech and language therapy offer early community groups and stammering groups to children and families.  The room is used daily, often for long periods of time.

Helen Nicholls Community Dietetic Clinical Lead “From a service provider’s point of view they look great and are a huge improvement.  They have enhanced the educational experience of patients whereas the old chairs had a significantly negative effect.  Patients have commented on the new updated chairs and the comfort they bring and the fact that some have arms has been very helpful when elderly patients have used them.  They have also stated that the room looks cleaner and the chairs look a lot more hygienic.”

£2,196 Dining Room Tables and Chairs 

The provision of the new tables and chairs for our dayroom at Ward 8 Llandough Hospital will improve the patient environment along with helping us promote health and wellbeing for our patients.  Assisting patients at mealtimes encourages socialisation and aids better nutritional intake which can lead to better recovery.  The new sofas will be used on a daily basis in the patient dayrooms and will be a base for socialization and therapeutic activities for patients.  Patients self-belief and independence can be significantly affected by the opportunity to do more for themselves and rehabilitate.

£2,145 Tumbleform Chairs

The paediatric inpatient occupational therapy department at St David’s Hospital is a Multi-disciplinary Clinic for pre-school complex needs. The department enables the loan of tumbleform chairs to families to enable safe feeding which reduces the clinical risk of aspiration which can lead to hospitalisation.

Susan Thomas Principal Speech & Language Therapist “The equipment will enable safe discharge of patients by the provision of short term loan equipment, aid patients with recovery; ensure patients are safe in their home environment and assist families with care for their child.  Chairs are being used for SLT assessment of feeding in clinic, which has helped to reduce the number of essential home visits. Staff feedback is that timely access to the equipment has promoted efficiencies and has also allowed a more realistic trial period before Occupational Therapists consider longer term postural needs”.

£3,532 Staff Room Refurbishment

The Surgical Assessment Unit at UHW has relocated to the lower ground floor alongside the Emergency Unit and Medical Assessment Unit.  To accommodate this move a new staff room was required for the use of all staff.  A room was allocated and basic work was carried out.  New equipment was needed such as fridges, microwaves and toasters along with tables, chairs and a new television. 

Jennie Palmer Senior Nurse “I have been speaking with the staff about the new coffee room and their comments have been very favourable. The most common response I hear is that 'it is like having a break in a cafe'. They really like the new large screen television but just wish they had more time to watch it. As there is now so much room with the two large fridges and the microwave facilities they are bringing their own food to work. The staff would like to pass on their thanks for securing charitable funds to make their break time a relaxing experience in what is a very high pressured working environment”.                                                                                                            

£1,000 Double Beds

The purchase of two double beds for the Maternity Unit at UHW has enabled a partner or relative to stay overnight with women on the antenatal and postnatal ward.

Mary Coakley says “This initiative has been developed to provide support to women during difficult and stressful times.  The company of a family member can greatly enhance their experience. The double beds will support the theme of dignity and respect.  It also demonstrates that we have listened to women and respected the needs of the family”. 

£973 Ty Hybrid Living Unit

The Specialist Neurosciences Occupational Therapy service manages an independent living unit Ty Hybrid (pleasant home) which supports the rehabilitation of patients within the Specialist Neurosciences Rehabilitation Unit and the Welsh Spinal Cord Injuries Unit.  The unit provides patients and carers with the opportunity to experience and participate in activities of daily living independence from the ward environment.   Patients may live within this environment independently or with relatives or carers, managing independent living prior to discharge.

The current facility is highly used and is an integral part of rehabilitation for patients following traumatic injury or life changing events but greatly requires refurbishment. 

The unit received a new dining table and chairs to enable patients and carers to sit for meals.  Storage unit and a specialist shower chair to promote independence patient use.

Angela Chaulk “The Unit provides patients who have acquired severe and complex needs with the opportunity to gain confidence in a normal environment.  Here they can gain skills and new techniques to support their discharge and the transition from hospital to community”. 

£970 Room Conversion

In May 2011 the Podiatry Service, supported by the Orthotic Service, set up a specialist footwear fitting and advice facility at St David’s Hospital for patients requiring extra wide and extra deep footwear.  As part of this service we hold a limited range of stock footwear which patients are able to purchase directly.  However, in order to improve and develop the service the service needed additional safe storage space.  With the help of charitable funds the service was able to convert an unused space into a storage room for footwear and orthotic products. 

Paul Mason Podiatrist “The service enables patients to take greater control and self-care of their foot problems.  From a Podiatry and Orthotic service perspective this has helped enhance efficiency whilst providing an improved service”.

£900 iPads and Apps

The Welsh Neuropsychiatry Service is the only service if it’s kind in Wales and is based within Whitchurch Hospital.  They work with predominantly younger individuals (16 plus) with moderate to severe cognitive, challenging behaviour and emotional and mental health difficulties arising from Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI).  Recent trials with “Smart Technology” such as iPads, iPhones and computer therapy have been shown to engage our clients and offer them new opportunities to achieve their rehab goals.

Karen Bonham, Adult Speech and Language Therapist “The panel approved our requests for 2 iPads and this will ensure that we have the resources to approach rehabilitation therapy in the most innovative and culturally acceptable manner for our younger and more difficult to engage service users.  In providing tools which support communication we would enable those individuals to interact directly with their environment in a manner which promotes their independence and individuality, in addition to meeting the most fundamental needs – social interaction”.

A user’s summary “I cannot praise the IPad computer enough.  It is ‘user friendly’ and access to e-mails and the Internet is there at your finger tips - there are no passwords to memorise.  There are many applications to suite children and adults.  Compared to other tablet computers, in my opinion it is streets ahead. Since receiving the IPad, I have used it every day and I didn’t realise how much it has helped me with my ‘Brain Injury’.  My spelling and memory was poor and I had lost confidence in using a computer.  This has given me my confidence back and improved my spelling and concentration level.  I believe this is the way forward for people with ‘Brain Injuries’, as there are  many applications that can be used for people with ‘Brain Injuries’ and I am proof that regular use can help and educate you immensely”.

£683 Sensory Pieces of Equipment

The Children’s Community Nursing Service CNNS has introduced a Saturday Club which is based in the Children’s Centre in St David’s Hospital.  Then CCNS provides individual respite to children with complex health needs within their homes on a 24 hour basis / 7 days a week.  The Saturday Club, not only offers the parents additional respite, or the opportunity to meet other parents, but enables the children to play outside of their homes and socialize with other children, all of whom will have some disability, with familiar nurses from the team on site to meet their health needs.

Liz Pendleton, Lead Nurse, CCNS “Using charitable funds we were able to purchase a number of sensory pieces of equipment which include, fluorescent mirrors, finger painting equipment, a ball pool, palm printers, animal massagers, projection brollies and a spacecraft kit, along with many more items”. As an NHS respite service we rely on charitable funds to provide the specialist sensory play equipment that the children who use our service require. Though we provide nursing care a large part of any child’s care must include play. This ensures that a child’s developmental needs are considered but mostly means that they can have fun! Using charitable funds we were able to purchase a number of sensory pieces of equipment which include, fluorescent mirrors, finger painting equipment, a ball pool, palm printers, animal massagers, projection brollies and a spacecraft kit, along with many more items. As the club is held every week there needs to be a variety of play so that the children do not get bored.  A big thank you to you all”.

£389 Wii Balance Board, Accessories and Television

The patients on the critical care unit at University Hospital Llandough (UHL) are slow wean patients and not acutely unwell, therefore much of their day is centred around rehabilitation.  After the patients have completed their activities of daily living with the nursing staff, depending on their needs they have one or two sessions of physiotherapy and then they need something to occupy the rest of their day. 

The availability of the Wii and its attachments on critical care makes a huge difference to patients.  The Wii can be left set up on the unit for patients to use independently, with their families or members of staff.  It provides a level of distraction from the critical care environment they are in and their illness, whilst also providing a level of rehabilitation.

Users says “It is fun to use and makes me forget I am a patient stuck in a hospital bed.  It stops me thinking about being ill.” 

Staff on critical care says “It is a really good tool to help motivate the patients and nice to have new ideas for rehab and new pieces of equipment which we normally are not able to get” The large TV provided by charitable funds means that it is easier for a patient to see the screen to enable participation. The Wii can also be used as part of their rehab sessions with the physiotherapist.  Patients on the unit attached to ventilators are restricted to their bed areas therefore the Wii provides an alternate rehab tool.  We can use the Wii fit board that was bought by charitable funds to challenge the patients balance, encouraging them to develop fine movements and coordination.

Alice Richards Senior Physiotherapist Critical Care, UHL “Even though the Wii is marketed as an entertainment tool, when used correctly it can not only entertain our patients but also provide a level of rehab, speed up recovery, promote independence dignity and self respect. Myself, the critical care team and the patients would like to thank charitable funds for purchasing this equipment for us”. 

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