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Neuro

‘Neuro’ is a broad and important family of interconnected and highly talented medics and nurses providing leading care for seriously ill patients. It is a very high quality service and our Appeal aims to help provide more unique and important equipment and facilities for medical staff and patients. We are focussing on what is ‘over and above’ normal provision – kit that can help our amazing teams help even more patients. It’s complex stuff, but your donation will – together with the help of others – achieve remarkable things.

Here are some of the things we'd like to support this year:

MEP machine for neurosurgery £30,000                                                                                               

An MEP machine allows surgeons to monitor the spinal cord and nerve roots throughout every stage of surgery to optimise the placement of spinal instrumentation and to reduce the risk of nerve-root irritation. To use the monitor, recording electrodes are placed in the muscles of associated nerve roots. If the nerve root becomes irritated, a signal will be generated and recorded by the monitor to alert the surgeon. This type of monitoring makes surgery safer for patients and assists neurosurgeons in theatre.

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Portable video EEG Monitoring equipment £29,000                                                      

Epilepsy is the most common serious chronic neurological condition affecting 1% of the UK population. Trying to confirm a diagnosis of epilepsy is difficult as other conditions can mimic epileptic seizures so having a machine like this helps patients with epilepsy have their seizures recorded without staying in hospital. For those with busy professional lives or an inability to remain in hospital for a lengthy admission, a recording can be secured whilst away from hospital. It is especially helpful to patients who have seizures at least once a week or more. 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.

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Ambulatory video telemetry (Paediatric) £24,995                                                        

Similar to the adult equivalent, this will enhance patient pathways, reduce waiting time and provide earlier diagnosis of potential epilepsy in children. Currently patients are supervised in Nicholls Ward and have to be monitored by a nurse. Demands on the service means that  patient admissions can be cancelled at short notice if urgent cases requiring a bed are received. This equipment will improve patient experience and the staff who are involved in the pathways by enabling patients to take the equipment home and for their seizures to be recorded. There is currently a 12 week wait for these admissions and being at home with the equipment fits in well with the wider national strategy of care closer to home and in the community.

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Image displays in theatre for teaching £20,000                                                             

St George’s is a place of medical learning alongside the busy schedule of theatre surgery. By installing technology in surgical microscopes that take delicate live images of operations to large television screens, students, trainee doctors and visitors can watch surgery taking place. By training more neurosurgeons and neuroscientists patients will be treated at a world-leading centre and St George’s will reinforce its excellent reputation for neurosurgery.

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To support the whole Neuro Appeal you can:

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Or text NEUR02 followed by £3 to 70070

 

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 those purposes.

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