Since 1996, QVH Charity has provided funding for equipment and other improvements that are above and beyond what the NHS funds to help support the life-changing care provided at Queen Victoria Hospital.
Now more than ever, the charity is continuing to invest in initiatives that will make a real difference to the hospital’s staff and patients.
Last year, against the backdrop of a global pandemic and thanks to the generosity of its supporters, QVH Charity invested an incredible £378,000 in our local hospital!
One project the charity was able to fund was a ‘sensor floor’ sensory projection unit for some of the hospital’s youngest patients. It is an interactive resource that projects over 300 games and images on the floor that users can play with and control simply by moving on or over the projected image. If a child jumps on the projected picture or swooshes it with their hand the graphics move, for example, fish swimming away. As going to the hospital for a procedure can be traumatic for many children, this sensory fun is a welcome distraction.
Since last April Queen Victoria Hospital has had a unique role as a specialist surgical centre for the South East. It continues to receive referrals for people with ‘high risk’ cancers such as breast cancer, head and neck cancer, or skin cancer, which could not wait. This is alongside supporting its other patients and introducing measures to keep patients and staff safe.
Staff have been working incredibly hard and thanks to its supporters, QVH Charity has been able to fund projects to say thank you, such as refurbishing a staff room, funding outdoor seating for well-deserved breaks; and providing additional psychological support. It also continues to fund equipment, working closely with the clinical teams.
Camilla Slattery, head of fundraising said, “Alongside the funding, we have been able to make specific to the pandemic, we have continued to invest £378,000 in important initiatives like purchasing medical equipment and investing in research as well as funding staff training. This is a significant increase in what we were able to fund previously.
“Words cannot express our gratitude for the kind messages and donations we have received in the last year. It really has meant so much. We could not support our wonderful hospital without the fundraising efforts of our local community. Every donation helps us make a real difference.”