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Rapid access to treatment for Children at Southampton General Hospital

Children suffering with rheumatic conditions are now benefiting from more rapid access to treatment thanks to a new ultrasound scanner at Southampton General Hospital.

The scanner, costing £27,000, has been funded by a range of events organised by the paediatric rheumatology team and is able to provide an instant diagnosis for children with symptoms of rheumatic conditions, therefore providing doctors with the knowledge to administer immediate treatment.
Previously, patients would have been required to attend a separate appointment to have an ultrasound to provide them with a diagnosis therefore delaying treatment.  
Paediatric rheumatology specialist nurse Sarah Hartfree said: “Rheumatic conditions can be very difficult to diagnose from symptoms alone which is why an ultrasound scan is often necessary to properly assess the problem in order to provide effective treatment.
“In some cases this would have meant the patient attending three separate appointments prior to receiving any treatment, but now we are able to provide diagnosis and treatment in the same day.”
After identifying this opportunity to improve their patient’s experiences the paediatric rheumatology staff raised almost £28,000 for Southampton Hospital Charity to fund a new ultrasound scanner, as well as training for staff to use it.
The money was raised through a series of events including a sponsored bike ride, bake sales and a charity gala, which on its own raised £11,000 for the cause.
“Seeing how much of an impact the new scanner has had has only spurred us on to raise more money for the service,” said Sarah.
“We already have plans coming together for a number of fundraising activities in the near future, with the long term goal of funding a psychotherapist and a physiotherapist to help improve patient experience even further.”
If you would like to find out more about the paediatric rheumatology ward at the Southampton General Hospital and how you can fundraise for them, please contact 023 8120 8881.
Last updated: 18/2/13

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