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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.

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

To donate Name your choice: "Criticool Appeal" on the donation page

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 approx £3,900

To donate Name your choice: "Accuvein Appeal" on the donation page

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

Bladder Scanner Appeal

A non-invasive piece of equipment that detects urinary retention

We need to ensure that the vital functions of patients in hospital work normally, especially post-op, as this is a vital sign of recovery. The bladder scanner is an accurate way of determining if a patient is able to empty their bladder sufficiently to prevent infection.

How does this help?

  • Provides accurate measurement of retained urine
  • Provides and stores a record which can be added to patient notes 
  • Reduces the speculative need for catheterisation which can itself cause urine infections

A catheter should only be attached if required as it can cause discomfort or pain to patients and it is a procedure that carries a risk of infection. Not catherising a patient when is needed also increases the risk of kidney or bladder infections. The bladder scanner is non invasive, it can be set for male or female anatomy and is used with gel externally on the patient. Results are obtained within a short peroid of time and it gives an accurate reading.

“This bladder scanner helps with infection control by preventing unnecessary urinary tract infections and is portable so can be used throughout the ward”
Ethna Doyle, Cardiology and MDTU Matron

Each Bladder scanner costs £6,330 

To donate Name your choice: "Bladder Scanner" and help make a difference to patients on Rowan ward, Barnet Hospital

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 elderlyand dementia wards and Medical Short Stay Unit MSSU Barnet

Each sensory projector costs £7,300

To help fund a projector please donate and Name your choice: "Sensory Projector Appeal"

Ultrasound Scanner Appeal

Thanks to the generosity of donors this piece of equipment has now been fully funded and ordered.

The advanced Ultrasound scanner allows clinicans to get a fast, clear image for cardiac and abdominal conditions.

In the acute care environment, reducing the time to make an accurate diagnosis is a critical need. Having an Ultrasound scanner in the Emergency Department (ED) will have a direct impact on the speed of patient diagnosis and the treatment plan. The Scanner is used for point of care testing to diagnose:

  • clots in legs
  • clots in lungs
  • fluid in the lungs
  • heart failure

This scanner enables staff to have clear view of hard to see blood vessels and to assist with the insertion of chest drains.

As this scanner is mobile it can be moved within the department as needed and enables more rapid diagnosis of patients and therefore quicker reassurance for the family and faster appropriate pain relief for the patient. It has advanced technology which increases the penetration and contrast images making clinical decisions easier and more accurate. It comes with a sealed keypad to prevent infection and advanced sensitivity for more precice actions.

Currently ED patients needing to be scaned have to be moved to other areas within the hospital. This scanner will speed up the diagnosis and treatment times.

The scanner costs £28,000