Making life better for patients
Making life better for patients
Sheffield Hosptials Charity

What we’ve funded

Thanks to our amazing supporters like you, we are able to make a real difference to the lives of patients and their families using Sheffield’s Hospitals.

Whether you bought one of our lottery tickets, helped out at one of our events, fundraised for us or just re-tweeted one of our messages, you’ve already done something really special and played a part in helping us to help local patients in Sheffield.

Here are just ten examples of how you have helped already, and with your continued support, we can do so much more.

THANK YOU from every single one of us at Sheffield Hospitals Charity!

Cystic fibrosis patients>

You have helped us to build a new 12-bed ward for young adults with Cystic fibrosis at the Northern General Hospital. Cystic fibrosis is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening, inherited diseases, and at the new centre a dedicated team of consultants, specialist nurses, dieticians, physiotherapists and social workers all work together focussing on the needs of the patients fighting such a debilitating disease. This purpose-built facility which has been described as a real ‘home from home’ by the patients that have been treated there.

Premature and sick babies>

You have comforted families with a premature baby in the Neonatal Unit (NICU) at The Jessop Wing, as your funds have helped us to contribute towards the cost of a Neonatal Family Centred Care Nurse for a three year period to work directly with families in NICU. For these parents, the first few days and sometimes months of their babies’ lives is a rollercoaster of emotions as the newborns fight for survival. Your contributions also provide soothers and tiny clothes for premature babies, decorations so that the wards look more like a nursery than a hospital, toys and games for visiting siblings and children coming back for check-ups, family rooms where parents can stay when needed as well as cutting edge equipment.

Cancer patients>

You are helping to ease the stress and pain for patients undergoing cancer treatment by providing complementary therapies such as massages and Reiki to help reduce their stress levels and also to make them feel more relaxed and alleviate some of their anxieties. You also help us to fund specialist Welfare Advisors who provide practical support and guidance to cancer patients around issues such as benefits, housing, debt and employment so that they don’t need to worry about such issues and can concentrate on getting better.

Spinal injuries patients>

You have enabled us to purchase anEkso exoskeleton for the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Northern General Hospital. The exoskeleton is a revolutionary product, developed to help paralysed patients walk again. The device constitutes a robotic suit, which is battery operated and resembles an exoskeleton. The suit contains motors which when initiated, trigger movement, allowing the patient to experience the joy and therapeutic benefits of standing and walking.

Brain surgery patients>

Without you, we couldn’t have provided our neuro-surgeons with an enhanced microscopic device, which enables them to illuminate specific sections of the brain during an operation. This makes it is easier to identify abnormal blood vessels and other problems with brain tissue. The advanced tools also significantly reduce the risk of damaging any normal tissue during the procedure. 

Patients with communication difficulties>

You have supported patients with conditions such as MND, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis by providing them with portable writing tablets which respond to eye movement as a method to select letters or phrases. This gives the individuals who are unable to speak or write, a lifeline and enables them to be heard and understood, helping them to communicate with their family, friends and staff. This can also be used for stroke victims, supporting their rehabilitation and personal wellbeing.

Dementia patients>

You have brought comfort to patients with dementia by providing them with ‘empathy dolls’. These soft dolls are a perfect size to hold and are cleverly weighted to enhance the feeling of holding a real baby when they are cradled. This comforts the patients and helps to keep them calm, as they can focus their complete attention on caring for the doll. Your support has also funded a training video to help NHS staff working in hospital and the community understand the needs of patients with dementia.

Terminally ill patients>

You have created special memories for patients in the palliative care centre at the Northern General Hospital and their families by giving them the opportunity to have a professional photograph taken and to record their life history. This is a lasting, treasured memory for their loved ones to keep and listen to time and time again after they have gone.

Epilepsy patients>

Your support has helped us to fund digital video recorders to help patients with epilepsy. The video recorders enable the patients to capture their seizures on camera which can help clinicians to discover if the seizures are epileptic or non-epileptic, where they might be occurring in the brain and more importantly help them to make a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Leukaemia patients>

You have relieved fears for leukaemia patients, helping them to come to terms with their illness. With your help we have been able to fund a clinical psychologist who understands exactly what they are going through and helps to prepare the patients for their treatment, so they are fully informed and prepared for what’s to come