Funding a Change at Dorset County Hospital
8:14am 8th May 2013
Dorset County Hospital has received new kit that they say will help staff treat more patients and change lives.
A remote EEG machine and new ventilators have been installed at the Dorchester hospital.
The Friends charity group paid for the new equipment using money from donations.
The EEG machine will benefit Neurophysiology patients who can now be monitored outside the hospital. It records electrical activity in the brain and diagnoses conditions such as epilepsy. The Friends Group has also donated some fun rucksacks for children to carry the machine in.
The 6 new ventilator machines will be used on specialist wards throughout the hospital.
Sue Mason is secretary of the Friends of Dorset County Hospital who funded the new equipment; she told Wessex FM the new kit has already helped change lives:
"Staff were doing some ventilator training to get staff up to speed. But what was great to hear was, one of the new machines had already saved someone’s life before training began .. They're greatly important for patients".
Sue is also particularly pleased with the purchase of rucksacks for children to carry their remote EEG machines around in: "We now have 3 attractive and brightly coloured EEG backpacks for the toddlers to carry their EEG machines around in. It's great for the little ones and they're happy to wear them".