Lions’ pride in latest hospital donation
14 August 2017
A vital piece of kit which helps ensure patients are fit for their operation has been presented to Southend University Hospital by the Eastwood Lions Club.
Staff in the pre-assessment department were thrilled to receive
the £1,300 Mindray blood pressure machine - an essential item of
equipment used repeatedly every day to ensure patients are safe for
The Lions raised the money during Eric Hoile's year as president
and he was at the hospital to present the monitor along with
current president Brian Stanbridge and fellow club members.
The club explained that they like to support the local community
and were eager to help the hospital when they heard about the
unit's need for a new blood pressure machine.
The busy pre-assessment department assesses as many as 35
patients every day for their surgical and medical history weight,
height, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, pulse and oxygen
saturation levels and other tests. Until the Lions stepped in, they
only had access to two blood pressure machines between eight staff
members which led to frequent delays and additional stress for
patients. Demands on the department's over-stretched budget meant
it could not afford additional blood pressure monitors although the
team is doing its own fundraising to improve the care
Jane Reeve, general manager for theatres and critical care,
said: "This donation has given a great boost to the team and it was
a great pleasure to welcome Lions Club members so we could express
our gratitude in person.
"The new machine has led to a reduction in patient waiting time
and the overall flow through clinics is noticeably smoother,
providing an improved patient experience."
Image:Lions Club members including past
president Eric Hoile (behind monitor) with current president Brian
Stanbridge and pre-assessment team (l to r) Tina Morris, Jane Reeve
and Lesley Odeke.