Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals funds departments and wards in NHS facilities throughout Brighton & Hove and Newhaven. During the last ten years, almost £1.5 million worth of equipment has been provide by the Friends to NHS wards and departments across the City.
Some examples in recent years include: £3 bought a pair of slippers for a patient on one of the Elderly Care wards who had been unexpectedly admitted to the Royal Sussex County Hospitals.£13 bought a Talking Book for nurses to use to engage patients in Intensive Care.£30 for a Nintendo DS game to amuse and distract children during unpleasant procedures.£149 was used to buy a portable finger pulse Oximiter whcih can be used by the Community Rapid Response team to treat patients in the comfort of their own homes.£170 paid for a Falls Monitor to be installed on a bed in the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The Monitor is used to reduce the number of patients falling out of bed, which can cause serious injuries.£1,140 bought a reclining Phlebotomy chair for patients to be more comfortable when they are having blood taken, which can be reclined if the patient feels faint.£3,000 paid for a concrete table-tennis table as an activity for the psychiatric ward at Millview hospital.£5,800 bought a cordless Foetal Monitor for the Maternity unit at Royal Sussex County Hospital. This allows women whose babies need continuous monitoring during labour to move freely around the department.