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The entire paediatric team at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, including doctors, nurses, ward clerks, domestics, and patients and their families have raised £30,937.25 for an important Blood Gas Analyser for the Children’s Department.

The money was collected through various fundraising events during the year, from sponsored bike rides and walks to cakes sales, charity car washes, and department raffles. Donations were also contributed by companies and supporters.

Staff chose to fundraise for this piece of equipment as the department did not previously have its own Blood Gas Analyser. This meant they had to borrow Analysers from other Departments within the hospital.

Now that the department has its own machine, treatment will be sped up, and it will produce more accurate results and ensure that nursing staff are able to spend more time with patients and their families.

Advanced Clinical Practitioner Kate Blake said: “Staff from the Children’s Department have supported this appeal in a massive way. We have had all sorts of events, raffles, a fun run, and sponsored walks.

“We have also had some very generous donations, including £20,000 from the estate of a local teacher who wanted to help children in the Portsmouth area, and £5,000 from the online estate agent Purple Bricks.”

Tracey Thomas, Sister at QA Hospital, will soon be starting up a committee to raise even more funds for other important pieces of equipment within the department. She said: “I am blown away by the support we have received and am hugely proud that through our hard work and determination, we have managed to purchase and install a Blood Gas Analyser within seven months of starting the project.

“We now look forward to organising many more events, and we will continue to raise funds for our department.”

The staff worked with Portsmouth Hospitals Charity to raise the funds and to purchase the Blood Gas Analyser.

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