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Donation set to improve experience for Evesham Community Hospital patients

Evesham Editorial 2nd Sep, 2023   0

PATIENTS at Evesham Community Hospital will benefit from the generous donation of a vein finder – technology which helps clinicians see hard-to-find veins.

Donated by the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust, the equipment is expected to improve the experience of patients across the hospitals wards and stroke rehabilitation unit.

It uses infrared technology to display veins hidden under the skin on a digital screen, helping clinicians locate them when taking blood or inserting an intravenous cannular.

Sue Sollis, founder for the Tracy Sollis Trust said: “We are delighted to provide this piece of equipment to our local community hospital. It will make a huge difference towards the treatment of many patients.

“We have already donated vein finders to other hospitals including Cheltenham General, Worcester Royal, Kidderminster, Warwick, Gloucester Royal and Hexham. G.P.s Abbey Medical Centre and Merstow Green Medical Practice have also benefited. The feedback received from the medical profession regarding the success of the vein finder has been amazing.”

Dan Marshall, matron at Evesham Community Hospital said: “We’re grateful for the donation of a vein finder machine from the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust and have already seen the positive impact it’s having on our patients and staff alike.

“No one likes blood being taken, but the vein finder helps us to identify the vein quickly, reducing discomfort for our patients and helping our staff complete the procedure quicker”.

The Trust was founded in memory of 15-year-old Tracy Sollis, who sadly passed away with leukaemia in 1995. Tracy’s wish was to help others suffering from the disease.

The charity, which is based in Evesham has set out to provide vein finders to as many hospitals as possible.

Francis Smith, Chairman of The Friends of Evesham Community Hospital said: “As far as The Friends are concerned, we’re always grateful for donations.

“I knew Sue had got this vein finder and I thought it would be nice if one local charity could help another which is what has happened here.”



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