Tameside Hospital Children’s Ward gains vital new equipment
Thursday 29th September 2016 @ 15:53 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Community News

Vital specialist equipment to help babies breathe has been installed at Tameside Hospital’s children’s ward.

The SiPAP machine has been purchased thanks to a £6,875 donation from Morrisons Foundation, who donated the cash to medical charity MedEquip4Kids.

The machine detects when the child’s breathing stops, and is therefore unable to support its own breathing, so it provides a small puff of air to re-inflate the lungs, and is used for babies up to the age of one with conditions such as bronchiolitis.

Jane Dutton, Children’s Ward Manager said: “The SiPAP enables us to look after ill children who require enhanced care and assistance breathing.

“This equipment will certainly see an increase in use over the winter as more children come in with respiratory problems.”

After presenting the cheque earlier this year Morrisons representative Danny Welch and Rochelle Gardner, Charity Champion, visited the hospital to see the difference the donation is already making.

“We are delighted that the Morrisons Foundation was able to fund this vital piece of equipment through MedEquip4Kids for Tameside General Hospital, and it was great to see the difference that this donation has made first-hand,” said Danny.

Paul Cocker, Senior Fundraiser at MedEquip4Kids, added, “We are hugely thankful to the Morrisons Foundation for this amazing donation.

“It really does make such a difference to the children treated on the ward.”

The Morrisons Foundation, a charity set up by the supermarket, awards grants for charity projects which make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Since launching in 2015 the Morrisons Foundation has funded a wide range of projects, supporting charities in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

Charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for a grant.

To find out more about MedEquip4Kids and how to support their local projects, visit www.medequip4kids.org.uk or call 0161 798 1600.


By Alex Byrom