Some examples of vital equipment funded by Kingston Hospital Charity are outlined below.
A new, up-to-date ambulatory monitoring system has been purchased with charitable funds, consisting of 30 Holter monitors and two analysers. The Holter monitors are worn by the patient for 24 hours and continuously record a patient’s heart rhythm and electrical activity (known as electrocardiogram - ECG) whilst they continue with their everyday activities.
This new equipment provides for analysis that is simpler, quicker and much more efficient, enabling the results to be finalised and sent back to the referring team. More monitors mean the team has been able to book more outpatient appointments (approximately 25%+) and also allows them to fit more monitors on inpatients (doubling the numbers), helping with the overall treatment pathway.
Charitable support is enabling the team to provide families with disposable continuous blood glucose monitors to help with their child’s diabetes control. This innovative equipment uses a small sensor which can be easily fitted on the upper arm and then records blood glucose readings every 15 minutes for a two week period. The medical team uses this information to make important changes to the insulin regime of children in their care.
Cancer Services - Breast Unit
Donations made to our cancer services unit enabled Kingston Hospital to acquire vacuum assisted breast biopsy equipment in 2015, a technique which is now standard practice in many units across the UK. Vacuum biopsy acquires a bigger tissue sample which maximises diagnostic information for tissue abnormalities usually too small to feel. The breast unit is also using this equipment to successfully excise selected small lesions, which would have otherwise required patients to have an operation. In the past, patients who needed vacuum procedures were referred to other hospitals, increasing waiting times and delaying diagnosis at a time of significant anxiety.
The TURIS system, purchased with charitable funds, has been a huge benefit to the many patients undergoing transurethral prostate surgery, as it reduces bleeding risk and entirely eliminates the serious potential complication of dilutional hyponatraemia (TUR syndrome - a rare but potentially life threatening complication).