With funding so tight in the NHS, it’s important we have charity funding to carry on getting key messages about stroke, and the importance of getting to hospital urgently, into the public arena

Amanda Jones, Clinical lead for Stroke Services, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals


The generosity of our supporters enables us to spend more than £2.5 million a year on improving the care and treatment provided by NHS hospitals in Sheffield. Thanks to you, we are able to save lives, enhance patient care and support their families.

Read just a few examples below of what our supporters have helped us achieve...

Saving lives in and around Sheffield

- Our amazing supporters enabled us to the purchase a Digital Breast Tomosynthesis machine to improve detection rates for patients in Sheffield. The state-of-the-art equipment produces 3D images of the breast, which provides a 41% increase in invasive breast cancer detection, meaning diagnosed patients can start any necessary treatment more quickly and accurately than ever before.

      

- The new helipad at the Northern General Hospital has helped save the lives of more than 150 people since its opening, following our successful £2 million appealThe helipad accepts major trauma patients from across the region and means patients can be transferred into the emergency department in seconds, and without the need of a land ambulance transfer, saving valuable time, which can make the difference between life and death.

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Making life even better for patients

- Our supporters have helped to build an army of volunteers to put a smile on the faces of patients who might otherwise feel alone. The volunteers are now on hand every day to help with activities, offer assistance during mealtimes, or just stay for a chat. A friendly face can make the difference for patients who are alone.

      

- Together we have made things easier for people with dementia so they feel more at ease and less confused by creating more dementia-friendly wards. Supporters raised the money necessary for us to fund large clocks and signage, distinctive red walking frames, specialist chairs, stress balls, empathy dolls and a retro music player to help stimulate memories.

Supporting friends and family

- We've helped terrified and upset families of premature babies cope with their baby's journey through the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A family support nurse gives information, emotional care and practical advice, which may be one-to-one guidance for breastfeeding and expressing milk, supporting skin-to-skin holding, or just talking about their baby.

      

- Thanks to the generous support of local people, we were able to fund the conversion of four flats, just five minutes walk from hospital. The family accommodation, is a place that mums and dads can call their own for as long as their baby is receiving care.

Going home each day wouldn’t have been an option. But then we were offered one of the parent accommodation flats just around the corner. I was so relieved

Claire Shipley mother of Bobby, born prematurely

Improving patient wellbeing

- We've also provided specialist staff to help patients with cancer or life-limiting illnesses cope with their diagnosis and treatment journey. A cancer diagnosis is life-changing, and patients are often dealing with complex psychological and symptomatic issues. This helps them to gain some personal control of their situation by managing their symptoms, fatigue and stress.

Patients managing the long-term effects of cancer treatment now have a dedicated nurse who works with them to improve their quality of life. The nurse runs a late effects clinic where patient concerns alongside medical issues are identified, screened, and assessed, and then referred to relevant specialists. Additional support is also provided to help with low mood and anxiety.