Kids Operating Room is a Scottish charity working globally to save children’s lives by supplying and fitting out children’s operating rooms in low-and middle-income countries.
The charity is to donate ten highly specialist anaesthetic machines that can be used to treat the most seriously ill patients, including acting as a ventilator. The charity are also donating advanced monitors to be used alongside the ventilators.
NHS Scotland have requested the equipment go to NHS Tayside’s Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where it will be used to provide specialist care to the people of Tayside and North East Fife This donation will allow the hospital to open ten more COVID-19 ICU beds.
In the weeks ahead, these ten new intensive care beds will give NHS Tayside additional capacity to help save many more lives.
Kids Operating Room will donate a further 16 patient monitors and pulse/oxygen monitors for use anywhere in Scotland. The total value of the donated equipment is in excess of £400,000.
Co-Founders of Kids Operating Room, Garreth and Nicola Wood said:
“We know that this is the most challenging time ever to face healthcare systems around the world.
Our thoughts and heartfelt thanks are with those on the front-line fighting Covid-19.
KidsOR’s entire focus is on saving lives and we are proud to do that both overseas and now at home too. We hope that this donation will help towards NHS Scotland providing the extra ICU capacity they need.”
Chief Executive of Kids Operating Room, David Cunningham said:
“Thanks to our fantastic team, all of whom are now fully established working from home, and also thanks to our suppliers around the world, we are able to make this donation to NHS Scotland without interrupting our commitments to hospitals in Africa and South America. The scale of the challenge they are facing is truly unprecedented and we are absolutely committed to scaling up our infrastructure there too.”
NHS Tayside’s Associate Medical Director of Surgical Divsion Pamela Johnston, said, “We are delighted to receive this donation of medical quipment from KidsOR. This is very helpful for us as we prepare for the expansion of our intensive care for COVID-19 patients in Tayside.”
The new equipment being donated is as follows:
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