A small piece of equipment has the potential to make the biggest difference to patients under the care of the respiratory team at the Friarage Hospital.
The Friends of the Friarage has donated £7,500 for a blood gas analyser, which allows nursing staff to take blood samples and get immediate results in the patient’s own home rather than them having to come into hospital.
For the nursing team, which covers the Hambleton and Richmondshire area, it means they can make necessary adjustments to treatment there and then, making the service more responsive.
For patients, many of whom are elderly and housebound with disabling respiratory conditions, it reduces unnecessary clinic appointments and can even prevent admissions into hospital.
Respiratory nurse specialist Sarah Turnbull said: “Point of care/near patient testing has already helped our respiratory service become more efficient and this equipment will enable us to see more of our patients at home, saving them a trip into hospital.
“It’s often difficult for our patients with disabling respiratory conditions to get into hospital, as many are elderly and housebound, and we do cover such a large rural area.
“This equipment allows us to take blood samples at home, and gives us test results there and then so we can make adjustments to their treatment accordingly. Essentially we’re managing patients in their own home.
“We are extremely grateful to the Friends of the Friarage for this donation – it’s a great boost to our service.”
Now in their 60th year, the Friends of the Friarage are celebrating their Diamond Jubilee having raised in excess of £5million for the Northallerton hospital and the local community.
Friends Chairman, Dr Upendra Somasundram, added: “We’re pleased to be able to support the respiratory team in this way and it shows how technology, such as this, is helping clinicians provide care closer to home which is so important given the rural population served by the Friarage Hospital.”