The Alex ventilator appeal
Over the past six months, we’ve been raising funds for a very special project to provide additional ventilators for the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton.
Back in 2014, Rockinghorse provided the Alex (pictured above) with four state-of-the-art ventilators as part of a campaign called ‘Sabrina’s Wish’. The ventilation equipment is used in the critical care of over 130 children and babies a year.
With an increasing number of patients requiring ventilation as part of their treatment, we committed to providing additional ventilators which will be used for the High Dependency Unit (HDU) to treat the hospital’s most poorly patients.
We are delighted to report that teamed with money raised at this year’s Rockinghorse Ball, we’ve raised enough funds through the appeal to purchase not one, not two, but FIVE additional advanced non-invasive ventilators for the Alex. These will have a huge impact and ensure that all critically ill children who need this type of treatment will receive it immediately.
The new ventilation systems are the best available and combined with the innovative Optiflow breathing systems (also funded by Rockinghorse), consultants and nursing teams can effectively treat children with respiratory issues. The efficiency of the new ventilators is also resulting in shorter stays in hospital for young patients.
Dr Kamal Patel, Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, says: “Through the Sabrina’s Wish campaign and recent ventilator appeal, Rockinghorse has helped – and continues to help us – to develop and deliver world-class care to children in our Critical Care and High Dependency Unit.”
We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated to this appeal – your donations will help us make a huge difference to the lives of poorly babies, children and young people. To find out more about our other projects in Sussex, please click here.