mums-to-be in South Tyneside will no longer have to wait as long to have their blood pressure checked, thanks to a donation of new kit.
The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals has handed over £3,300 to cover the cost of two new blood pressure machines.
We’re immensely grateful to the League of Friends for the new machines.Dev Wood, safe care lead for antenatal assessments services
They will be used by antenatal assessment staff at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields.
The two new additions have doubled the number of machines available for use by staff tending to expectant mothers.
Deb Wood, safe care lead for antenatal assessments at the Harton Lane hospital, said: “We’re immensely grateful to the league of friends for the new machines.
“Previously, we had two blood pressure monitors, and now that we have four, this has reduced the wait for patients undergoing blood pressure monitoring.”
The new monitors are far more hi-tech then than the older models and have memory to store patients’ blood pressure details, enabling medics to compare readings.
Ms Wood added: “The new monitors are more sophisticated, combining the functions of three different pieces of equipment which monitor vital signs into just one, which is easier for staff to manage and means less clutter in the consultation rooms.”