Small Projects Programme
This is to provide funds for smaller items of equipment. Typically from £5,000-£25,000, recent projects have included providing specialist equipment for respiratory medicine, audiology, endoscopy, pathology, haematology, ophthalmology, rheumatology, anaesthetics and specialist community nurse teams.
See below for a list of a few of the completed Small Projects:
MALDI-TOF (Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionisation-time of Flight) This £50,000 piece of equipment allows clinicians to rapidly determine what is causing a patient’s illness and therefore what antibiotic treatment is needed.
An S-nerve ultrasound machine for the anesthetics department which improves the comfort, safety, speed, effectiveness and success of procedures such as epidurals and spinal anaesthetics. (2014)
An ultrasound machine for the rheumatology department to help with early diagnosis of arthritis. (2014)
Specialist photographic equipment to monitor those with ongoing eye conditions, and for use in the dermatology department. (2014)
An endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscope for respiratory medicine. This is mainly used to assess lung cancer to decide on the best treatment. (2013)
Bladder scanners supplied for the community continence/urology team are used to assess and manage adults and children with bladder dis-function and mean patients do not need to have a catheter inserted. (2013)
The Intravenous Therapy team with a portable ultrasound machine. This is to assess patients for a suitable vein for intravenous therapy over an extended period of time. (2013)
A lesion generator for the theatres team. This is used for the diagnosis and treatment of nerve and joint pain. (2012)
The heart failure specialist nursing team with portable ECG machines. (2012)
Pressure mapping system for wheelchair service. (2012)
Ophthalmology imaging camera. (2011)
A specialist tissue processor purchased for the pathology department to speed up the results of breast biopsies. (2008)