The Friends of Harrogate Hospital donate new lifesaving equipment to Harrogate District Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit

Posted on: Thursday 19 Jan 2023

Staff in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Harrogate District Hospital have received a new video laryngoscope donated by the Friends of Harrogate Hospital to further improve treatment in the unit.

The group of volunteers raised over £11,000 to purchase the piece of equipment for SCBU, which will help provide better outcomes for babies who are in their care and require ventilation.

The lifesaving equipment will make it easier for staff to see inside the mouth and throat to intubate babies, allowing for an inspection of a patient’s airways before a breathing tube is inserted.

The Friends of Harrogate Hospital frequently organise fundraising events to raise money for wards and departments at Harrogate District Hospital.

Typically, the group raises between £50,000 and £100,000 each year and has donated since they formed in 1966.

From a new MRI Scanner to general medical equipment these funds go beyond to improve the experience for patients and staff.

Vicky Lister Head Matron at SCBU said: “We would like to give heartfelt thanks for the amazing video laryngoscope which was donated to SCBU by the Friends of Harrogate Hospital.

“This piece of equipment will help support doctors when intubating newborns and very young babies whose airways can be difficult to manage due to their small size.

“We looking forward to making use of this equipment when the need arises.”

John Fox, Chair of the Friends of Harrogate Hospital said: “The Friends are highly delighted that after three years, we are back in action supporting Harrogate Hospital and its patients.

“We know the video Laryngoscope will be extremely useful to SCBU in a range of clinical circumstances involving premature birth babies.

“I would like to thank those who have helped to fund this vital equipment on behalf of the Friends of Harrogate Hospital.”

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