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In 2019 with the profits from the Southampton Hospital Charity lottery, we have been able to provide grants to our staff for the benefit of our patients. We received 93 applications so thank you to everyone who took the time to apply.  

This year we have allocated £21,214 to our winning projects which include:

  • Sensory library to help with distraction for the learning disability and autism clinic - £2,000.
  • Wheelchairs for the trauma and orthopaedic therapy services - £1,373. 
  • Equipment library to loan items to patients on a trial or short term basis for atypical Parkinson’s syndrome patients in our neurological department - £1,004. 
  • Wheelchair scales for the motor neurone disease care centre - £785.
  • Static bikes as part of physiotherapy treatment across our cancer care wards - £712.
  • Activity box to occupy and stimulate patients, and wash bags to provide personal items for the neurosciences intensive care unit - £500.
  • Mobile sensory lights and equipment for the youth and play services - £420.
  • Folding wheelchair for use of transporting patients on ambulances between our hospital sites - £400.
  • Fans for the labour ward - £300.
  • Gel warmer for scans in the maternity day assessment unit - £300.
  • Radios for waiting areas in the ultrasound department - £300.
  • Television to distract children undergoing hour long EEG tests for the neurophysiology department - £200.
  • Baby changing station in the urodynamics department - £160.
  • Fans for ward bays in Brooke Ward - £140.
  • Sibling workshop to understand their needs by the paediatric Cystic Fibrosis unit - £130.
  • Little Tikes cars for children's outpatient services - £120.
  • Chairs for a quiet room where clinicians convey sad news during early pregnancy - £80.

We are also hoping to part-fund two larger projects for which we are currently finalising the details. We will add this information to this page shortly. We will share the impact that these projects will make in a series of website news and social media posts over the next year.


Paediatric cystic fibrosis workshop for siblings

Paediatric cystic fibrosis team“I am part of the paediatric cystic fibrosis team here in Southampton Children’s Hospital, supporting our cystic fibrosis patients and their families. I work with individuals and families to help improve outcomes in their lives, through emotional and practical advice and support. Besides supporting people, I act as an advocate (helping patients to get their voice heard) and direct people to the services they might need.  

Our team wanted to better understand the impact of cystic fibrosis on healthy siblings, and by using the Southampton Hospital Charity lottery grant money, we held a focus group for siblings of our patients.

In this session we wanted to find out what their needs are and what could be done differently to help them. We have used the findings to produce a report and our next steps are to work towards our recommendations which covered a broad area including better educational resources, improved teachings in schools, fundraising and awareness raising events and social opportunities.” Katie Smith, paediatric cystic fibrosis social worker


Radios for waiting areas in the ultrasound department:

Ultrasound department with the radios

“With the lottery profits, we have been able to buy radios for our scan room, our waiting area and also our blood test room. I know they may seem like small items, but they will make a massive difference to our patients.

Having some music on quietly in the background will help to relax our patients, especially with early scans where previously there would just have been silence in the room. There is often a pause while we locate babies, so music helps to distract the women, and it is the same in the blood test room. We’ve already had patients sing along to songs, and staff have joined in too which really helps to relax patients. We have different radio stations on in the room depending on the staff working, and they get as much benefit from the radios as the patients!” - Pauline Mackay, clinical lead for ultrasound.


By signing up to the lottery, YOU are the ones who have made this possible - thank you.

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