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St George’s Hospital Charity launches Neuro Appeal

St George’s Hospital Charity launches Neuro Appeal

2016-10-17 
| by Editor | Posted in News

St George’s Hospital Charity has launched its Neuro Appeal to provide unique and important equipment and facilities for medical staff, students and patients at St George’s Hospital in Tooting.

The Neuro Appeal is a fundraising appeal focussing on what is ‘over and above’ normal provision – kit, that can help the talented teams at St George’s Hospital help even more patients.

St George’s is an internationally renowned hospital for neurology, neurosurgery, neurosciences and stroke services, offering comprehensive services for the diagnosis, treatment and care of all conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system and muscles.

It is also the regional specialist centre for both inpatient and outpatient services for south west London, Surrey and Sussex, serving a population of more than three million people and plays a central role in the South London Cardiac and Stroke Network.

Supporting the Neuro Appeal will help the hospital’s highly talented medics and nurses who provide leading care for seriously ill patients. 

The Appeal aims to fund the following:

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) equipment for neurosurgery - £57,818

To help reduce the symptoms of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia, chronic pain, major depression and obsessive–compulsive disorder, so people can better manage their symptoms, improving their quality of life.

MEP machine for neurosurgery - £13,745

Allowing surgeons to monitor the spinal cord and nerve roots throughout every stage of surgery, making surgery safer for patients and assisting neurosurgeons in theatre.

Portable video EEG Monitoring equipment - £25,000

Having a machine like this helps patients with epilepsy have their seizures recorded without staying in hospital. Staying out of hospital and recording a seizure really will enhance the patient experience and keep neurology beds free for those who require specialist nursing.

Ambulatory video telemetry (Paediatric) - £24,995

This equipment can be used to monitor seizures at home, providing earlier diagnosis of potential epilepsy in children, improving patient experience and reducing waiting times.

Image displays in theatre for teaching - £20,000

By installing technology in surgical microscopes sending live images of operations to large television screens, students, trainee doctors and visitors can watch surgery taking place.

EMG machine for neuro clinics - £13,745

A tool for diagnosing neuromuscular issues, and to identify how to target therapies, for patients of the ear, nose and throat team.

Noel Cramer, director of fundraising at St. George's Hospital Charity, said: “Raising funds for our Neuro Appeal means we can help our amazing teams help even more patients, providing equipment that is ‘over and above’ what is normally possible.

We would encourage everyone to help the Appeal in whatever way possible. A small donation, a school or office dress-down day, a collection amongst friends or a sponsored run will help secure these much-needed items.”

Speaking about the MEP machine the charity is hoping to fund, Matthew Crocker, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery, said: "The benefit of this equipment cannot be overstated. It can alert the operating team to unseen injury to the spinal cord, enabling surgery to be performed to the very limits of safety to maximise tumour removal.

This Appeal is an ideal opportunity for charitable funding to support neurosciences at St George's."

Valentina Kerinska, who has surgery at St George’s Hospital to remove the majority of a tumour in her spinal cord involved the use of an MEP machine (borrowed from another hospital), said: "I really hope the equipment is funded. It would help a lot of people and change their lives, just like mine."

Emma Holloway, Valentina Kerinska and Matthew Crocker, Consultant Neurosurgeon and Clinical Lead for Neurosurgery at St George’s Hospital.

Text NEUR02 followed by £3 to 70070

Send a cheque made to “St George’s Hospital Charity – Neuro Appeal” to: Fundraising Office, Grosvenor Wing, St George’s Hospital, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0QT

Call 020 8 725 4987 to donate or to speak to one of the charity’s fundraisers and find out more about how you could organise an event or join one of ours.

Donate online at www.stgeorgeshospitalcharity.org.uk/current-appeals/neuro

The Neuro Appeal aims to raise funds for the identified equipment as well as the general and urgent needs of the neuro disciplines. In the event that more funds are raised for the identified equipment, the charity will apply donations for other identified and urgently needed equipment in the neuro field. Undefined gifts made for the benefit of neuro disciplines at the hospitals will be assigned to the most urgent neuro needs as identified by the charity and applied to these purposes.

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