Donations for new equipment help speed up lung patient care
02 July 2019
A donation of £700 by Hadleigh Castle Rotary Club, which was matched by one of its members and her husband, has meant that the pre-assessment department at Southend University Hospital has been able to buy a new Spirometry machine costing £1,400.
The machine helps diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions
in patients undergoing assessment prior to surgery and makes their
treatment a lot quicker. Spirometry is a simple test used to help
diagnose and monitor certain lung conditions by measuring how much
air you can breathe out in one forced breath. It's carried out
using a device called a spirometer, which is a small machine
attached by a cable to a mouthpiece
Lesley Odeke, lead manager from the Pre-assessment Unit, said:
"We were thrilled when the Hadleigh Castle Rotary Club came forward
with a donation of £700 and one of their members, Maryse Iles and
her husband Mark from Benfleet, very kindly offered to match their
donation. The machine replaced an old one and is already being put
to good use."
Sandra Allen, President of Hadleigh Castle Rotary, said: "We
were so pleased to donate to the Pre-assessment Unit, we were told
it will help with the waiting lists for patients. The staff were
wonderful and so dedicated to their jobs, we were made to feel that
we were making a real difference, which is what Hadleigh Castle
Rotary are inspired to do."
During their recent visit, Mark and Maryse were heartened by the
dedication and enthusiasm shown by the Pre-assessment team and as a
result they very kindly offered to purchase a second Spirometry
machine in memory of Mark's father, Mr Alan Iles. Which means in
total the couple have donated £2,100 to the unit.
Mark and Maryse, speaking on behalf of the Iles family, said:
"We are happy to do what we can to reduce the waiting time for
patients and relieve the stress of the exceptional nursing
Image: Mark Iles at the back, Sandra
Allen in centre and Maryse Iles at the front of the picture with
members from the Pre-Assessment team. Lesley Odeke is holding the
cheque on the left of the picture.