• • Saturday 26th (evening launch) and Sunday 27th June 2021 • Bere Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire RG28 7NH • •
The Hampshire Country & Garden Festival are thrilled to be supporting the neonatal departments of Basingstoke, Winchester & Andover NHS hospitals by fundraising for new Resuscitaire machines for each of the hospitals.
A Resuscitaire provides breathing support, warmth, oxygen, suction and other key interventions for newborn babies in the desperate position of needing resuscitation and emergency medical treatment in the first minutes and hours of their lives. The models currently used in the Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover neonatal, postnatal and maternity departments are over 15 years old. Not only has technology advanced dramatically since they were purchased but the machines are now starting to break down. There has been a degree of ‘making do’ over the last few years but sadly the parts for these machines are no longer being manufactured.
There is a need for 22 of these incredible pieces of equipment across the Trust and they cost just over £11,000 each. The Hampshire Country and Garden Festival aims to purchase at least one for each hospital helping towards life saving changes in the resuscitation, assessment and support of the tiniest and most vulnerable patients in our hospitals.
Sadly due to Covid-19 our 2020 Festival had to be cancelled.
In 2019, we raised the phenomenal amount of £55,000 which has enabled the Hampshire Medical Fund to purchase two Sysmex Sentimag Systems for the Breast Surgery departments in Basingstoke & Winchester Hospitals. The Sentimag Systems enable patients to no longer have a wire fitted to the breast before Surgery. This in turn ensures that the patient’s experience is not so harrowing, more accurate localisation of breast lumps and enables timetabling to be more efficient across both hospitals. The Sentimag Systems will benefit over 200 patients per year.
In 2018, the Festival raised £25,381 which enabled the Hampshire Medical Fund to buy a State-of-the-art Laparoscopic Simulator and Mobile Camera/Monitor System for Gynaecology, General Surgery and Urology at Basingstoke Hospital and put the remaining funds towards an Intrabeam Intraoperative Radiology Machine to treat Breast Cancer at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester.
The charity, which buys cutting-edge medical equipment for Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover hospitals, was founded by the late Earl of Carnarvon in 1981. With the burden of funding requirements on the NHS ever increasing, the Hampshire Medical Fund’s work is increasingly necessary to help enable our Hampshire Hospitals provide the best possible care for patients, putting our Hampshire NHS Trust at the forefront of clinical excellence.
By supplying pioneering equipment to our hospitals, the Hampshire Medical Fund is aiding our Hampshire NHS Trust in being able to attract and retain the best consultants, junior doctors, nurses and therapists to care for the community of Hampshire.