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The Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals all have different needs for their different departments. By supporting any of these appeals you are enabling patients to have advanced equipment, enhanced environments and those little extra touches. Any additional funding raised from a particular Appeal will go towards alternative Appeals.


Interactive Sensory Projector Appeal

The Vista Mobile Sensory interactive technology projector is a ‘motion activated projection sensory machine’ that encourages individual participation of patients to be engaged in, regardless of their age and abilities in projected images.  The images sense when you are touching them and react by changing colour, or changing  the image, or changing shape.

Once you start to look at these beautiful images you will be totally involved in a different and beautiful world that will give a sense of peace and distraction from the busy hospital environment. The projector is mobile so can be used in various areas to ensure the maximum number of patients benefit.

How patients benefit:

  • Stimulates senses and encourages communication
  • Encourages patients out of bed into ward social area
  • Half hour sessions of different scenes, games activities and music
  • Encourages social interaction between patients
  • Provides interaction between patients and volunteers and staff
  • Reducess stress and anxiety

Providing engagement and interaction on our elderly and dementia wards at The Royal Free and Medical Short Stay Unit MSSU Barnet.

Each sensory projector costs £7,300.



Video Laryngoscope for Barnet Emergency Department

The resuscitation room in the Emergency Department is the location where the sickest of patients are looked after. In the acute setting, some patients will require endotracheal intubation (passage of a breathing tube into the windpipe). This is performed using a laryngoscope (a blade that allows the visualisation of the vocal cords and subsequent introduction of the breathing tube into the windpipe).

This can be a difficult procedure and the national societies (including the Difficult Airway Society) recommend that each location that performs regular intubation has access to a video-laryngoscope. This video-laryngoscope has been shown to improve the rate of successful intubations and therefore reducing the risk to the patient.

We would like to purchase a video-laryngoscope for the Emergency Department at Barnet to improve the safety of the sickest of patients arriving in our resuscitation room.

The Video Laryngoscope machine costs £8,000.



Criticool Appeal

Criticool is a modern type of machine which helps improve our patients’ chances of survival and to have a positive medical outcome after quite common illnesses.The treatment is particularly beneficial in cases of cardiac arrest and arterial blockage by a clot, as in the case of a stroke. The criticool connects to specialist cooling blankets which are wrapped around the patient to lower the core body temperature.

We are finding more clinical evidence that cooling a patient’s body is an ideal treatment as it is not based on medications or unpleasant, complicated and expensive procedures.

The benefits of using the criticool:

  • Cooling the body helps protect the patient's brain
  • A patient with a high temperature who is not responding to other methods will benefit from the criticool to protect the brain from injury
  • Patients suffering from cardiac arrest often have a side effect of increased body temperature and reducing the temperature can prevent brain damage

The Intensive Care unit at Barnet Hospital only has one Criticool machine and there are often two patients who could benefit from the treatment simultaneously.

The Criticool machine costs £14,000.



Accuvein Appeal

The Accuvein machine allows the easy viewing of veins to help insert cannulas in children and those with hard to find veins.

This is one of the most exciting new products in recent times. AccuVein is the most effective way to find veins up to 10mm depth in the most difficult patients.  It is already in use in over 4000 hospitals worldwide and is starting to be recognised within UK hospitals. It can be used in many specialties from neonatal care units to cancer units, operating theatres, bariatric surgery centres and phlebotomy labs as well as clinics.

How does this help?

  • Provides clear location of veins
  • Reduces stress in emergencies
  • Reduces infection due to accuracy as research shows that 70% of hospital acquired infections come from multiple attempts to access the venous system of patients. AccuVein could become one of the most important infection prevention products in use today.

With your support we can provide additional accuvein machines for the Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals. If, as a parent, you have ever needed your child to have a blood test or cannula inserted you will know how distressing it is when several attempts have to be made due to their small veins. This is painful, stressful and upsetting for all. Having an accuvein machine in each department helps all patients and parents benefit. You can make a difference today!

Each machine costs £4,125
The hands freee power stand is an additional £600   (equipment costs from June 2019)

To donate select Name your choice and enter "Accuvein Appeal" on the donation page.

We are currently fundraising for one at Chase Farm Hospital Blood test unit.



Phlebotomy chair for children

Paediatric Reclining Phlebotomy Chair

The Barnet Paediatric Department is raising funds to buy a child friendly phlebotomy chair to be used in the blood room. This will ensure the children are:

  • in a comfortable and relaxed position
  • supported if they are feeling faint
  • able to have blood can be taken from either arm.

Help Raise £1,275

To donate select Name your Choice and enter "Phlebotomy chair"