Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014 on 12:12 am

Friends donate life-saving machines to Bradford Royal Infirmary

Friends of the BRI

Trevor Constantine and Geoff Hodge with Jayne Marran and Dr Lesley Hawthorne

The Friends of the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) have donated two blood transfusion machines to the hospital’s surgical theatres and anaesthesia department.

This life-saving equipment – which has the ability to save lives – provides the rapid transfusion of blood and intravenous fluids, by warming the fluids to quickly replace lost blood in emergency situations and returning it back into the body.

Both machines cost at a combined £18,000 and will now be situated within the maternity unit and an acute theatre.

Consultant anaesthetist, Lesley Hawthorne, said: “As a regional trauma and vascular centre, we undertake many major elective surgery operations and because we have one of the region’s largest maternity units, we also have a significant proportion of high risk pregnancies.

“All these surgical procedures carry a high risk of massive blood loss and rapid blood infusers help us to give our patients large amounts of life-sustaining fluids, warmed to physiological temperature, which they desperately need as quickly and as safely as possible.”

The Friends of the BRI – which has over 200 volunteers in the group – donates thousands of pounds worth of equipment for the benefit of patients every year.

Last year, £60,000 worth of gifts were donated to the hospital, including an electrocardiogram (ECG) machine and a bladder scanner for the elderly care wards, furniture for the Birth Centre and 1,000 resource packs for carers of dementia patients.

If you are interested in volunteering at the BRI, please email christine.heaton@bthft.nhs.uk.

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