Alex project recognised at industry awards


The service team for children and young people at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust (BSUH) were recognised at the recent HSJ healthcare awards in London.

Through projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton, BSUH was shortlisted for four awards, including Acute Sector Innovation, where they were awarded highly commended for the work in the paediatric Critical Care Unit. From 1,300 entries, the team at the Alex were also shortlisted down to the final nine for the Adoption and Diffusion of Best Practice award too.

Kamal Patel, Consultant Paediatrician and Clinical Lead for Children’s Critical Care and his team, entered their work with non-invasive ventilation to receive the much-deserved recognition. We are delighted to have played a major part in the development of non-invasive ventilation at the Alex, through our Sabrina’s Wish campaign. Launched back in January 2014 with parents Martin and Lucinda Blencowe, their little girl Sabrina had been treated at the Alex for a serious case of viral bronchiolitis, where Kamal and his team helped save her life.

Martin and Lucinda made a promise to do what they could to help other children like Sabrina, and the Sabrina’s Wish campaign was born. Since then, they have helped us raise thousands of pounds towards the purchase of non-invasive critical care ventilators which have helped to successfully treat many other young patients admitted to the Alex.

Consultant Paediatrician Kamal explains the difference this equipment has made: “Hundreds of patients have benefited from the non-invasive (NIV) equipment each year. The ventilator gives us detailed information which allows us to adapt to each patient and achieve the synchrony required for the treatment to succeed. There has been a revolution in the theory and practice of NIV at the Alex and we have introduced the UK’s first NIV in Bronchiolitis care pathway.”

Through our vital funding, we at Rockinghorse are delighted to have been a key factor in the success of this treatment and are incredibly proud of everything Kamal and the critical care team have achieved.

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