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Your Wishes

Our Circle of Wishes is a place where you can share the things you feel are most needed in our hospitals and community. Whether you’re a member of staff, a relative or a patient yourself, you can play your part in making big changes, and make wishes come true through the Health Tree Foundation.

Whatever you dream up, we’ll do our best to make it a reality.

Create your wish today, and help us to help more people from our communities. We promise to get back to you in 3 working days to let you know what happens next.

Click here to see the wishes we have already granted. 

  • Recliner chairs

    Submitted by Diane Sims

    Ward 27 would like some recliner chairs for our patients. We are a day surgery ward and we recover our patients post op in recliner chairs, these are a vital part of the patients recovery. We don't have any beds on the ward, so when our chairs become unserviceable we have to discard them and this reduces the number of patients we can recover. We would need about 10 in total.

  • Clothes for babies who have passed away

    Submitted by Maria Larn

    We would like some new baby grown mittens and booties and hats for babies that have suddenly died on the ECC department at Grimsby Hospital, so that parents have nice pictures with their babies in new grows.

  • Turn small office into a salon

    Submitted by Liz Houchin

    At Scunthorpe Hospital, Orthotics uses a room which is not suitable and has patients which are coming for wig fittings. There is a small office which we would like to turn into a salon for the patients to come to which would look like a proper salon with mirrors and vanity units. This would improve patient experience at a traumatic time in their treatment.

  • x3 Bed fall prevention systems and x3 Chair Fall prevention systems

    Submitted by Lisa Norcup

    On Ward 24, we place patient safety as one of our highest priorities. As a high acuity ward, providing for patients with complex needs, including those suffering from dementia, we pride ourselves on striving to deliver harm free care to a high standard. We are working very hard to improve and reduce falls here on our Ward. Recently, we have recorded a high increase in unavoidable patient falls. However, we would like to reduce this number as soon as possible. Patients often don’t have complete control of their movements and are more prone to accidents. That’s especially true for people under the influence of heavy medication, or with dementia and suffering infection. Therefore, we need to have a system in place that will alert us when the patients move away from their supported position e.g. bed or chair, or come close to falling. Fall prevention systems can have a hugely beneficial impact on the health and wellbeing of patients, improve their patient journey and expedite their discharge. As a 30 Bed Ward, we would benefit from x3 Bed fall prevention systems and x3 Chair Fall prevention systems.

  • Bradbury Birthing Couch

    Submitted by Lynn Jefferson

    We wish for a Bradbury Birthing Couch for the Active Birth room on Honeysuckle at Grimsby Hospital. The Couch is kidney shaped, allows for a comfortable position in labour, as the lady can sit with her back into the hollowed out shape, whilst maintaining an upright position, facilitating an optimum birthing position. We would love to provide this option for our women. We are currently looking to get this room decorated in a more relaxing colour scheme.

  • 10 EMST150 Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainers

    Submitted by Lesley-Ann Smith

    I would like to make a wish for 10 EMST150 Expiratory Muscle Strength Trainers which we can use to rehabilitate speech and language therapy patients at Grimsby Hospital who have swallowing difficulties. We currently have a number of patients within the hospital and out in community who are unable to eat and drink due to difficulties with their swallowing and are being fed through a tube. The research base for this device and its positive effects on swallowing is extensive. I would be so very grateful if you can consider this wish which could help me get my patients eating and drinking again.

  • 6 privacy screens

    Submitted by Sarah Stoney

    I would like to request 6 privacy screens to be used for paediatric patients in theatre recovery (three each for Grimsby and Scunthorpe Hospitals) to improve the experience of children undergoing surgical procedures. The screens can be ordered in child-friendly materials which will ensure the privacy needs as children are specifically met. The screens are available as a 4 panel in both Mr Men and Bubble designs.

  • Indirect Cordless Ophthalmoscope

    Submitted by Sarah Judd

    Our ophthalmic equipment is over 20 years old, the battery is slow to charge and the equipment still has leads and wires which are a trip hazard and infection risk. The equipment also does not hold its charge and as he only comes once a week to exam eligible babies, there is a risk it will go flat before he has seen everyone. Please can we an Indirect Cordless Ophthalmoscope, which will reduce all these risks?

  • Automated doppler assessment machines

    Submitted by Alison Schofield

    My wish is for automated Doppler assessment machines for district nurses to have access to. This will make improvements for patients who have leg ulcers living with a painful chronic condition and by getting early assessment, diagnosis and then treatment within 2 weeks of a lower limb wound. According to the latest best practice statement, we can then improve healing rates and improve quality of life. This Doppler takes 3 minutes to complete as opposed to upto an hour for a standard current hand held Doppler, with this device we can see many more patients and commence early treatment.

  • Simulator doll

    Submitted by Emma Spicer

    We would love to have a simulator doll that enable parents to practice passing nasogastric tubes. This would help to facilitate early discharge from the neonatal unit.

  • Spacelabs pathfinder

    Submitted by Liz Tilley

    Current Holter analysis system in Cardiology at DPOW is extremely slow and therefore not as productive as we would like. We fit 10-15 ambulatory monitors every day and the recordings require analysis by a Cardiac Physiologist. An updated model would make the process more streamlined and effective.

  • Dignity box top up

    Submitted by Helen Moody

    Please could our dignity box in the discharge lounge be topped up? We need male and female trousers all sizes as there is none left. Thank you.

  • Twin canmed baby cot

    Submitted by Klara Jeynes

    I would like a twin canmed baby twin cot for the Neonatal Unit at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

  • Bili check machine

    Submitted by Rachel Sheils

    I work as a community midwife at Grimsby. We have never had our own Bili check machine, a machine used to check jaundice levels on babies. We were given the old one from the ward when they received new ones but that does not work either. If we had our own Bili check machine it would mean a reduction in unnecessary blood tests for babies and would mean that parents wouldn't have to travel to the hospital.

  • Additional exercise equipment

    Submitted by Jane Smith

    Additional exercise equipment to support the cardiac rehabilitation service in North Lincolnshire at both the Hospital and Community Programmes. It will benefit those patients who experience heart problems in North Lincolnshire to recover from their acute illness and to have a more individualised exercise programme prescribed by our exercise instructors

  • Paediatric resuscitation room and paediatric cubicle more child friendly and welcoming

    Submitted by Fiona Thompson

    To help make our paediatric resuscitation room and paediatric cubicle more child friendly and welcoming, the rooms currently have been said by parents to be "scary looking" and by brightening the rooms up and updating them, both children and their parents may feel more relaxed.

  • 2 places on Developmental care 2 day course Sheffield

    Submitted by Emma Spicer

    It would be great to have the funding to send a staff member or two on a developmental care two day course in Sheffield. This would be extremely beneficial as it would allow nurses to have their knowledge updated with the most recent developmental care for our premature babies which they can then relay into practice on the neonatal unit.

  • Recliner chair for relatives room

    Submitted by Joanne Forward

    Would it be possible to obtain a new reclining chair for the relatives’ room on AMU at Grimsby Hospital. Our reclining chair is coming to the end of its lifecycle and really needs to be thrown out, leaving no reclining chair for the relatives, who are staying overnight with poorly patient.

  • New Chairs/ Sofa and Coffee table

    Submitted by Deborah Syron

    On Ward 25 SGH, we have a very small room that we call our 'Quiet Room'. In here is where we take patients' and their relatives' to deliver any news, quite often this is bad news unfortunately. The furniture in there is very old and uncomfortable. My wish is to have some new chairs / sofa and a coffee table. This would massively help to make people comfortable when being in there.

  • 6 Pressure relieving cushions to fit in chairs

    Submitted by Mandy Goucher

    Please can we have 6 Pressure relieving cushions to fit in chairs? Ward 18 patients are immunocompromised and their skin integrity is at risk and these cushions will help to maintain their level of comfort.

  • 4 patient bedside chairs

    Submitted by Julieann Woollas

    Please can we have 4 bedside chairs for patients? The current chairs need replacing because they do not meet patients’ requirements and are very worn.

  • New inner linings for cold cap machine

    Submitted by Julie Walton

    Please can we have new inner linings for the cold cap machine on Ward 18 at Scunthorpe Hospital? New caps are a better fit and will benefit the Cancer patients undergoing chemo treatment, as they are less likely to lose their hair. The current caps are old and worn, and not as effective.

  • Digital Easy calendar clocks

    Submitted by Susan Puchalka

    Our wish for the Stroke Unit at Scunthorpe would be to have seven Digital Easy calendar clocks. This would be beneficial for patients to become orientated to time, day and date, as patients often become disorientated and confused, in particular when being transferred from several departments within the Hospital. The clocks will also be useful for patient therapy and used for members of the multi-disciplinary teams, when carry out patient assessments. We wish to have a clock in each of the bays, plus the side rooms, seven in total.

  • 6 places on a British association of Critical Care Nurses study day

    Submitted by Donna Higgins

    I would like funding to be granted for 6 places on a British association of Critical Care Nurses study day. The title of the study day is 'When obstetrics meets critical care' aimed at Intensive care nurses and midwives, where they will be updated on best evidence based care currently, motivating innovation on return to their units and also giving the specialities a chance to network. We have had a few obstetric patients in the last few months that have developed critical illness / complications and an update in this area is much needed.

  • 6 places on 5th National  Cancer & Palliative care Conference

    Submitted by Deborah Tansley

    Please fund 6 places on 5th National Cancer & Palliative care Conference. It will be utilised for staff to update and enhance skills and knowledge of staff new to Cancer & Palliative Care on Amethyst.

  • Neuroendocrine tumour handbooks

    Submitted by Kerry Spindley

    Neuroendocrine tumour handbooks - Your Guide to Life with a Neuroendocrine Tumour - this is a comprehensive 158 page guide book produced for anyone affected by neuroendocrine tumours. We presently have 20 NET patients and we are receiving approximately 5-10 referrals per year for this condition, we need to give each of these patients one of these handbooks.

  • Resources for generalist therapists to learn

    Submitted by Christine Handsley

    I am a Speech and Language Therapist working in Grimsby and Scunthorpe Hospitals. I specialise in working with adults who stammer. We have almost no resources in our department and I think it’s important for generalist therapists to have access to resources to learn about this caseload and have standardised assessments to use. So I would like to ask for the following: 1. Wright and Ayre Stuttering Self Rating Profile (WASSP) Speech mark 2. Turnbull and Stewart - Dysfluency Resource Book 3. Clinical Decision Making in Fluency Disorders - Walt Manning 4th Edition 4. Stammering Therapy From the Inside - C Cheasman and R Everard £34.99

  • MRI immobilisation kit + CD player

    Submitted by Lesley Arnold

    The Scunthorpe Hospital MRI scanner was commissioned in Aug 2012, it was accompanied with accessories for patient comfort and immobilisation aids as patients can be laid on the scanner for periods of up to one hour and sometimes longer. If patients are not comfortable and then move during their scan the resulting images are degraded and can be undiagnostic. The current equipment is coming to the end of its life and requires replacement to enable us to continue providing a high quality diagnostic service to our patients. MRI is a daunting examination for many people; we see claustrophobia and anxiety in a lot of our patients. In order for us to achieve images of a high diagnostic standard we must ensure that the patient is relaxed, comfortable and at ease. This could be helped with a music system that would allow patients to bring their own CDs to improve their experience. This is now common practice in most hospital MRI imaging suites.

  • Training iPads and dysphagia apps

    Submitted by Jennifer Hall

    Two training iPads - one for Scunthorpe Hospital and one for Grimsby - to assist Speech and Language Therapy in training hospital and community staff when the new International Dysphagia Descriptors come into force in April. Two dysphagia apps per iPad (IDDSI and Dysphagia) to be used for staff and patient education to ensure patients are receiving the correct consistency of diet and fluids. To improve patient and family understanding and provide visual tools for education.

  • 4 easy chairs

    Submitted by Nina Scott

    Please can we have 4 easy chairs for the patient waiting area in Physio corridor in Grimsby Hospital? Thank you.

  • Sofas for relatives room

    Submitted by Rebecca Wilson

    Please can we have sofas for the ITU relatives’ room? At the minute the room is very clinical looking, this room gets filled very quickly and the ITU manager would love somewhere more comforting for patients’ relatives to sit.

  • New scalp cooling caps

    Submitted by Melanie Bratley

    We require new scalp cooling caps for our patients. The Orbis II (Paxman cold cap machines) were donated through the walk the walk charity; we currently have three. The cold cap system prevents hair loss in some of the chemotherapy regimens that we give and helps our patients to cope with the often devastating after effects of chemotherapy. However, we now need to replace the cold caps due to general wear and tear over the last 5 years. Some of our existing caps are starting to fracture and can no longer be used. I have a quote for 18 new caps and can forward the information if this wish is approved. Thank you

  • electro-stimulator device

    Submitted by Jacqueline Frith

    We wish to purchase an electro-stimulator device for building up strength in large muscle groups for patients who suffer extreme breathlessness which is limiting activity and severely impacting quality of life. Research has shown improvements in sensation of breathlessness and exercise tolerance in patients unable to participate in traditional exercise programmes due to their condition which can significantly improve symptoms and quality of life. These patients cannot be helped by oxygen, medication or other non-medical interventions as low oxygen levels are not an always a feature of the disease. In palliative care we have patients with pulmonary fibrosis; such a device could significantly help. I have collated the supporting evidence in the form original research and NICE review.

  • send 4 nurses on the annual neonatal conference

    Submitted by Emma Spicer

    I wish to send 4 nurses on the annual neonatal conference in Wetherby. This will allow nurses to update themselves and share best practice to improve neonatal care. One of the 4 nurses has also been asked to present at the conference which is excellent opportunity to highlight the excellent practice being done in our neonatal unit.

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