Charity donates specialist medical devices to CPFT patients

Syringe drivers worth more than £10,000 handed over by kind-hearted fundraisers

Charity donates specialist medical devices to CPFT patients
02 November 2016



Patients are set to benefit from specialist medical devices worth more than £10,000 which have been donated to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Fundraisers No Gain No Pain UK have handed over seven syringe drivers which will be used by CPFT’s community nurses to help patients receiving end-of-life care living in Whittlesey, Eye, Stanground, and Thorney and one syringe driver for the Wansford area.

The charity has also presented the Trust with more than 70 hand-made cloth bags which patients can use to carry the syringe drivers which cost more than £1,300 each.

The presentation took place at the Aliwal Manor Care Centre in Whittlesey. Many of the people at the care home receive help and support from CPFT’s community nurses.

Syringe drivers are small portable machines which are used by patients who are receiving care in their own homes. The machines, which can operate up to 24 hours-a-day, inject medicines into patients if they find swallowing tablets difficult or if they need medication while they are sleeping.

Eileen Nixon, team area manager for CPFT, which provides community health and mental health services, said: “We are very thankful for the latest donation from No Gain No Pain UK. Syringe drivers are really important to patients and to have extra ones available to our nurses is really welcome. This wonderful donation will benefit many patients in the community.”

Earlier this year, No Gain No Pain UK donated four syringe drivers to CPFT. The organisation is run by Louise Nicholls, her husband Lee, and their friend, Samantha Carter, who began raising money to buy syringe drivers in 2015 following the death of Louise’s father, David Jarrett, from cancer.

Louise said: “My dad was a businessman in Whittlesey who was fit and strong. He was always very active. But in the last few days of his life, he had difficulty getting a syringe driver immediately. He had to wait 24 hours, which may not seem long, but when someone you love is in pain, one minute is 60 seconds too long. So after his death we knew we wanted to do something to help others in a similar position.”

No Gain No Pain UK are planning more fundraising activities. For more information visit the website: http://ngnpuk.weebly.com or via the organisation’s Facebook page.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Communications Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 07893 340795

 

 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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