East Surrey Hospital
Rockinghorse would like to provide a High Dependency Unit (HDU) for Outwood Ward, which is the children’s ward of the East Surrey Hospital and is part of the Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust. It is the main hospital for the whole of North Sussex and East Surrey, however currently children requiring high dependency care tend to travel up to London or to The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
The unit will be for children who require more intensive observation, treatment or nursing care than can be provided on a general ward, but who do not need full intensive care treatment. Children who stay in the unit will have complex medical needs and may have undergone surgery.
What the Rockinghorse Unit will offer
- respiratory support (e.g non invasive ventilation)
- invasive cardiovascular monitoring and fluid management
- close observation and monitoring
- acute pain management
What is needed
In order to create the new unit we will have to demolish a wall between two existing bays, realign the water and electric points and then create a new door, so there will be a certain amount of building work before we can even begin to equip it.
Among the equipment needed is: monitors, to measure blood, heart-rate and breathing; syringe pumps;CPAP machines for ventilation; and glucose monitors to detect blood sugar levels.
Rockinghorse also wants to provide the unit with a bed that meets all of the infection control standards, moves around like a hospital bed, but doesn’t look too clinical so it is not daunting for the children using it. The charity would also like to provide a cot for the younger children and again it needs to fulfil all of these objectives.
To achieve all of this, we need to raise £44,908. Rockinghorse is looking for those whose children have benefited from the ward, and community-minded individuals who could volunteer just a small amount of time to help us reach this target.
Rockinghorse would like to thank Jo Sweeting, owner of The Plough in Dormansland, for her ongoing support. So far she has raised over £37,000 towards the project and we are extremely grateful to her and everyone else who has contributed.
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