HOSPITAL volunteers have donated £15,000 worth of medical equipment to improve patient care in South Tyneside.
The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals has presented the emergency department at South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, with a range of specialised equipment.
Marie Herring, clinical business manager with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very grateful for the support of the League of Friends.
“Our aim is always to ensure safe and efficient care, but the pressure on our emergency services is constantly increasing.
“This new equipment will help us to make rapid decisions, in the interests of the patient, and to maximise our staffing resource.”
A new £7,500 automated chest compressor will be used in the accident and emergency department, for patients in a pre-cardiac arrest or actual cardiac arrest.
A further £7,500 has been spent on two ultrasound probes.
The emergency assessment unit – where patients are evaluated over a longer period of time and undergo tests – and the ambulatory care day unit, where expert treatment is combined with rapid diagnostic tests and early follow-up, already share a portable ultrasound machine.
The new probes can be attached to the machine for quick scans of the heart and the throat.
Mrs Herring added: “The new probes will speed up clinical decision-making, helping us to achieve efficient and effective patient care to ensure we can identify those patients who require urgent intervention, and those for who planned follow-up in an outpatient setting is appropriate.”