Our charity’s purpose is to improve the experience of Charing Cross Hospital, the patients, staff and local community through funding for equipment and support facilities. We get the feel-good factor when we hear how our grants are making a real difference on the wards. It spurs us on to continue our work.

Last year, we approved a grant to the Respiratory Department for a portable thoracic ultrasound machine. This new machine allows the department to meet increasing demand at the hospital in the management of pleural disease. Furthermore, it improves diagnostic waiting times and reduces hospital admissions. In light of COVID-19, this handheld machine reduces risk of cross-infection, allowing use in clean and red COVID areas.

We’re delighted to be given access to a picture we can now share, showing one of the respiratory team using the machine on the ward.  The team loves this piece of equipment – it allows them to easily identify pleural infection and malignancy on the ward. In addition to its diagnostic capabilities, it is easy to use, move and keep clean. The department is grateful for our support and we are passing a big thank you on to our fundraisers.

Funding for this equipment came directly from a fundraising challenge held by Hammersmith & Fulham Rugby Football Club Juniors during lockdown. Thank you so much to Hammers Juniors, Seniors, Ladies, the parents, supporters, and to everyone who donated and made the challenge such a success; we truly appreciate your support.

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