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Equipment Purchases

Thank you to all the generous benefactors who have bought the following equipment:

Bagless Hoover £60.00
For use in the Mould room, purchased by Penny Cattaneo and David Shannon, our thanks

Blue Bags £600.00
Rectangular vacuum cushions which are used for precise and reproducible mouldings of patient contours to ensure accuracy of set up for treatment.
Purchased by Penny Cattaneo and David Shannon, our grateful thanks.


Alloy melting Pot

Multi-media bench top alloy melting tank. £1587
Kindly purchased by Penny Cattaneo and David Shannon



 


Trolley

Used for our outpatients clinics to keep all the equipment needed by our nurses to hand. They will keep the clinics clutter-free but funding from elsewhere is unavailable.£424 + VAT
1 kindly purchased by the Davidson family in memory of Peter Davidson.




Procedure trolley blocks

1 kindly purchase by the ‘Bear-Patrol and 2 kindly purchased by Bekki Forrest.


Chemotherapy drug weighing scales

£199.00 each. Two kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends.
1 kindly purchased by Bekki Forest,


Weighing scales
For use in the clinic rooms. approx £50.00 each
1 kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends
2 purchased by Phoebe Couchman in loving memory of my Grandpa Ron Couchman

Lockable Fridge
For use in clinics, current clinics are running late because staff need to go to other departments to get drugs that need to be refridgerated. £360.00.
Kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends – thanks to all

Head torches
For use in the outpatients department.
1 purchased by the family of Stan Beard in loving memory. 5 kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends with our grateful thanks

Soft furnishings for Counselling room chairs
These were looking very thin and worn as they are sat on for 50 minutes at a time.  They are part of the counselling room where patients and their relatives can spend time with our Macmillan nurses.  Here they can receive counselling, support and hypnotherapy to help with some of the emotional issues surrounding cancer. Cost £240 - purchased with funds raised by Brighton and Hove City Council.  Very many thanks.

Porta-neb SideStream nebuliser compressors
The perfect nebuliser compressor for use at home for nebulising bronchodilator (reliever) treatments. 
For patients who have head and neck cancer having radiotherapy treatment to aid thick secretions and help provide comfort and avoid admissions to hospital.  The nebuliser would be given on loan for the period of radiotherapy.
One kindly purchsed by The Rotary Club of Brighton and Hove Breakfast with grateful thanks
One kindly purchased by the Carpenter Box Foundation - thanks to everyone there. 
One kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends - thanks to all
3 Kindly purchased by Sackville Masonic Lodge with grateful thanks
6 Kindly purchased by Waleed, Andy, Scott and Gill and colleagues at Edwards Ltd


Kneefix cushions
These are needed to support our radiotherapy patients receiving treatment.  They give better comfort to the patient and help imobilise for precision treatment.
Many thanks to the Southover Golfing Society for money raised and donated.

'Baby' Linacs
These are complete miniature versions for the clinical Linear Accelerators used to deliver radiotherapy to patients.  They would allow radiographers to model and plan radiotherapy before the patient started their treatment, maximising accuracy, making the treatment more efficient and minimising the time spent having to prepare for treatment in the full size clinical Linacs.
3 have now been purchased by Dorothea Percy, Lousie Alder and by friends in memory of Doreen Carvel 

Mobile/portable hearing loops
A portable inducton desk loop system suitable for one-to-one communication with someone with an hearing aid.  No wires or setting up, other than lifting the unit onto a table.
Purchased by Keith Pottinger in memory of his wife, Valerie. Our grateful thanks.

Portable crystal head set amplifier 
The Sound Wizard II is a powerful personal listening device which amplifies sound through its internal microphones.  Dual headphones for two people to listen to the same amplified sound if you have two sets of headphones.
Purchased by Keith Pottinger in memory of his wife, Valerie. Our grateful thanks.

CD players/IPod docking stations
Music has been found to be widely beneficial to patients undergoing radiotherapy, helping relaxation and relieving stress.  It is hoped to buy a CD player for each of the 5 Linear Accelerators at the Sussex Cancer Centre.
5 needed - now being bought by Mr Niblett and money raised by Steve Morgan

Breast Gowns
At present, patients completely undress, leaving them feeling exposed.  Breast gowns aid patient comfort, helping provide dignity and modesty.  They would be provided to the patient for the length of their treatment and returned to the centre at the end.
14 purchased by the staff at Asda at Brighton Marina with grateful thanks.
12 purchased in loving memory of Eileen Gillane byt her family.  Very many thanks. 

PAT slides
PAT sides are required by the radiotherapy department to allow the easy and safe movements of patients from trolleys to our treatment couches.
£175 x 3 purchased by Keith Pottinger from a legacy left to us by his wife Valerie.  Many thanks.

Airpal mattresses
Used to transfer patients from a stretcher to the treatment couch in comfort and safety. Patients who may be in great pain are hovered across to the treatment couch. Reducing their discomfort and aiding the staff who carry out the manoeuvre to do it safely for all concerned.
£1200 x 2 
Thank you to: Family and friends in memory of the late Mick Patrick

Jelly mattresses
Used for patient positioning and to enhance patient comfort during treatment 5 puchased @ £110 each
Thank you to:
Mr Keith Pottinger in memory of his dear wife Valerie. The Royal Connaught Lodge, Eastbourne and Sussex Masonic Charities.  Mrs G Slack

Jelly mattresses
Used for patient positioning and to enhance patient comfort during treatment. Need replacing in LA2 & 3.
£110 each x 8 required to complete and update system funded from General Funds and public support

Blood Glucose monitor 
Donated to the department by ASCENSIA

Manual Handling Belts
Placed around patients who need some assistance from a chair to a treatment couch. £50 x 4
Thank you to Mr Keith Pottinger in memory of his dear wife Valerie

Airpal inflator
Used for patients who require transferring from a stretcher to the treatment couch in comfort and safety. Patients who may be in great pain are hovered across to the treatment couch. Reducing their discomfort and aiding the staff who carry out the manoeuvre to do it safely for all concerned. - £750
Thank you to the Royal Connaught Lodge, Eastbourne and Sussex Masonic Charities

Standaid SARA 3000 + sling (ARJO)
Hoist enabling the patient to keep their dignity by being lifted into a standing position from a wheel chair and then transferred to the treatment couch or toilet as required. - £1595 
Thank you to Mr Keith Pottinger in memory of his dear wife Valerie

Special Rope ladders
These are placed on the end of the treatment couch and aid people to help themselves into a sitting position - £89 x 3
Thank you to the Royal Connaught Lodge, Eastbourne and Sussex Masonic Charities



Breast board with attachments
Kings Church donated £8500 to purchase a breast board with attachments which is used for treating patients with breast cancer. Also purchased was a Bolus which is required to alter the percentage of radiation treating the surface of the patient. Pictured above is Dave Monk, Fundraising Coordinator (Left) and Steve Horne, church leader.

 

 

Resus Trolley and Defibrilator
Needed to provide the quickest emergency life saving support for acutely unwell patients in radiotherapy.
£2,100 in total - Kindly purchased by Penny Cattaneo 

Breast board trolley
Each Linear Accelerator (the machine that delivers radiotherapy) treats 40-50 patients daily, on different parts of the body.  The board used for breast cancer patients is extremely heavy, slow and difficult to manouveur.  These trolleys would enable quick and safe set up in between patients, alleviating unnecessary delay and additionally protecting staff from possible injury.
£300 each - 1 kindly purchased by Mr and Mrs R Shanks, 2 kindly purchased by Sussex Vale Rotary Club,  2 kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and Friends

Digital cameras
To comply with NHS policy regarding patient identification of patients, a photo of each patient is required.  As patients no longer routinely attend the simulator where the photo is taken, cameras are needed in the radiotherapy department to ensure the correct procedure is followed prior to treatment.
£73 each - 3 purchased

15" High resolution digital picture frame
To give patients a visual calming aid whilst being cannulated
£110.00 Purchased by The Sussex Rays

O2 regulator
The BCON clinical trial has demonstrated that the use of Carbogen (a gas that is 98% oxygen) and Nicotinamide (vitamin B) when used with radiotherapy significantly improves overall survival and local relapse. We are looking to purchase a regulator for the administration of Carbogen gas so that more patients can benefit from this treatment.
£360.00 3 purchased by Mark Dodd with grateful thanks

Comprehensive Brachytherapy Hardcover Book
This book would provide an essential source of reference for the new Brachytherapy service being set up at the Sussex Cancer Centre. We will be undertaking HDR treatments never done in Brighton before, and this book will be useful to the whole multidisciplinary team.
£110.82 Kindly purchased by an anonymous doner.

Environmental dose rate monitor
For checking radiation dose rates outside buildings in which radiotherapy takes place. Smartlon 
£2000 + VAT Purchased with funds raised in memory of Stuart Cattaneo and Judith Shannon

Miss Joan Emmeline Mackenzie
Equipment that enables us to develop the planning of radiotherapy treatments of brain tumours in two ways, has been funded in memory of the late Joan Emmeline Mackenzie (legacy of £220,000).  We have ordered additional computer workstations, which will increase access to our existing system for clinical and planning staff. We have also ordered new, advanced software to enable us to make further developments in planning very complex treatments.

MRI fusion phantom.
For QA of MRI scans and their fusion with CT scans. Enables check of anatomical information used for treatment planning.
£4000 Purchased in memory of Joan Mackenzie

VISIO software licences
Flowcharting and graphics tool to save time in the production of Quality System & other documentation.
£40 each x 3 - purchased from general funds

Scanner for Gafchromic film
For investigating use of a type of film which doesn't require processing and could replace radiographic film for some Physics QA work.
£1000 + VAT (Being purchased)

Precision digital barometer
To replace ageing manual barometer for pressure measurements needed in dosimetry. Quicker and easier to use and readily movable to different locations. Purchased with donations in memory of Geoff Cubitt, Sussex Cancer Centre physicist.  Very many thanks to Geoff’s family and friends.
£1700 + VAT 

Capacitive Android tablet 
For physics department to have important research books on a 'tablet' computer.
£200 each - 3 purchased by Jonathan Kent (Chief Radiotherapy Dosimetrist) in loving memory of his Grandmother Dorrie Howse

Ebooks for capacitive Android tablet
E-book fund started with £200 donated by Jonathan Kent (Chief Radiotherapy Dosimetrist) in loving memory of his Grandmother Dorrie Howse
Handbook of Radiation Oncology  £44.00
Practical Radiotherapy Planning  £41.99
The Physics of Radiation Therapy £94.43
The Emporer of all Maladies £14.99
CT Anatomy for Radiotherapy £23.39
Practical Clinical Oncology £58.19
Specialist Training in Oncology £41.58
Grays Anatomy for Students £45.27
Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy £26.39
Black's Medical Dictionary £48.73
Basic Clinical Radiology £41.99
All ebooks listed have been kindly purchased by Jonathon Kent (Chief Radiotherapy Dosimetrist) in loving memory of his Grandmother Dorrie Howse

Books
Tabers Cyclopedic medical dictionary
Cross Sectional Anatomy CT & MRI
Kindly purchased by The Carelink Plus Team in loving memory of their colleague Ruth Jenkins

Small volume ion chamber
To enable more accurate measurement in small fields such as used in IMRT 
£1500 + VAT. Kindly purchased by Morgan Sindall with grateful thanks

Infrared thermometer
Useful for spotting high temperatures on equipment that are inaccessible or dangerous to measure with conventional contact thermometers.
£100. One kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends - thanks to all

Lap Top
To enable service schedules to run on the laptop for paperless system.  View PDF documents during maintenance activites, back up to the PDA for daily output checks.  Eventually to acquire machine data to tract trends and highlight potentialproblems before affecting the equipment.
£566- Thank you to Norwich Union and Penny Acton from Norwich Union IT solutions for organising christmas events.

PicoScope 3000 PC Oscilloscope with USB interface.
Pico laptop data capture module to be used to capture waveforms for preventative and fault finding on linear accelerators. Used in conjunction with a PC laptop to record and analyse results.
£399:   Thank you to Norwich Union and Penny Acton from Norwich Union IT solutions for organising christmas events. 


900 Series Type E Contamination Monitor with ZP1490 GM tube
For extra protection for engineers when dealing with invasive faults on the linear accelerators to avoid unnecessary radiation dose, department supplies all staff with radiation badges but these are only read at the end of the month and don't give an instant indication.
£680.00: Thank you to the family and friends in memory of the late Mick Patrick


Soldering station
Soldering iron station for repair of equipment. Improvement over existing due to ESD and lead free solder compatibility.
£150: For Emma


Mould room treatment couch
A successful fundraising event ment that the Fund are able to proceed in purchasing a treatment couch to replace their existing Impression-making Patient Table. 
£13k:  Thank you to all those that supported the Fund in the Seafront Sponsored walk and those that donated to our appeal.




Chrome step stool with handle
A sturdy, stool with chrome plated steel frame. The stool has a non-slip textured mat on the surface. The rail, attached to one side of the step, helps to give the user extra confidence and stability. Rubber ferrules provide good grip on slippery surfaces.
£33: Thank you to Norwich Union and Penny Acton from Norwich Union IT solutions for organising christmas events.

Aromatherapy Diffusers and Oils
Patients using the mould room spend time having immobilising casts and masks made prior to radiotherapy treatment.  Aromtherapy is known to aid relaxation and relieve stress, as well as providing a pleasant environment for patients.
Diffuser £45, Oils £9 each - kindly bought by Jane Richards in memory of her mum, Bernie Moss.

Alloy Melter
Needed to melt the alloy used in masks and immobilising casts.  Having this will speed up the time taken in creating these for patients.
Approx £2,120 - kindly bought by Penny Cattaneo with money raised in her husband Stuart's memory

Alloy Melting Pot 
The melting pot is a valued asset to the mould room. It is used for making lead inserts for one of the radiotherapy machines.
£1545. Generously purchased by Dorothea Percy and friends

Water Bath
The water bath is an essential part of the equipment we use in the mould room, it softens our mask material, the material is used to keep our patients still while they are having their radiotherapy treatment
£1850. Generously purchased by Dorothea Percy and friends

Attendant Controlled Powerchair
To transport patients safely between departments
£969. Kindly purchased by Penny Cattaneo and David Shannon in memory of Stuart Cattaneo and Judith Shannon

Desktop CD player
We offer music to patients receiving radiotherapy, but are currently unable to do so to patients having their moulds/casts made.  Buying this would mean they would be able to listen to music whilst in the mould room, relieving tension and stress and aiding relaxation. Approx £200 - generously being bought by Hove Inner Wheel Club

Cooling Mitts
To reduce the cooling time of radiotherapy masks
£50. Kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends - thanks to all

Transit Wheelchair
For the tansfer of patients between departments.
£250. Purchased by the family of Stan Beard in loving memory.

Portable CD player
Used as part of the complementary hypnotherapy and counselling offered to patients to help with anxiety, insomnia and depression.  This would allow sessions to be recorded, enabling patients to practise techniques at home which has be shown to be helpful in alleviating these problems.
Cost £500 - this has now kindly been bought by Dorothea Percy and Susan Webster

Syringe Driver MS 16A.  
Graseby Medical for patients to use at home for pain control and nausea vomiting control.
£300 - £500 x 2. Thank you to the family and friends in memory of the late Mick Patrick

Electric examination couches.  
At present the clinic rooms examination couches are very old and difficult for patients to use. They are not height adjustable and have to use steps so patients can get on/off them.  For frail patients this can be very difficult and on occasions some patients can not use the couches.
The electric couches are able to height adjust and are slighter wider making them more comfortable for the patient and more user friendly. We are able to use the electric couch for very frail patients.
£650 each. 3 purchased by Mrs P Cattaneo with monies raised by holding a Golf Day in memory of her dear husband, Stuart. - thank you.
1 purchased by Mrs Faith Adams, and 1 purchased in memory of Brian Lee by his friends and family - thank you.




Potable Suction Unit
Needed for outpatient clinics, since we have an increasing number of traceostomy patients, who need this essential equipment on standby in emergencies.
£700 - kindly purchased by Penny Cattaeno with money raised in her husband Stuart's memory


 

Pocket Spirometer
This machine measures lung function and would be used to assess all new patients to aid decisions on treatment.  At present, the department doesn’t have one of these and needs to borrow one from the respiratory ward.
£475 approx.Kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Brighton & Hove Breakfast - many thanks


 


 

Examination Couches - Oncology Ward
New adjustable exam couches.  The heights of these can be changed to help frail or elderly patients get on whilst retaining their dignity, and minimising discomfort.
Cost approx £650 - 2 kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Brighton & Hove Breakfast - many thanks

 

 


Bedside tables
Patients in trolley bays are currently eating refreshments from their laps.
£240.00. 2 kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Lewes Barbican - our grateful thanks

Pump action flask
To provide patients with hot drinks
£17.00. Two kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends - thanks to all

Vacuum Pump
To be used with Vaclok cushions
Two kindly purchased by The Kevin Ogle Sarcoma Cancer Trust- Our grateful thanks.

Laptop computers
Lap tops for Macmillan nurses to use in Nurse led clinics
Five kindly purchased by The Kevin Ogle Sarcoma Cancer Trust- Our grateful thanks.

Weighing scales
To help with a trial to encourage patients to weigh themselves before each cycle of chemotherapy. 
1 needed £350.00. Kindly purchased by Tracey and Paul Taylor Green


Finger Pulse Oximeter
To monitor patients SpO2 and pulse rate
2 needed £21.99 each. 2 purchased by Mrs Couchman and family in loving memory of Ron Couchman.



Sensewear Band
This is a band which patients wear on their upper arm for 24 hours and it measures their energy requirements.  This would be a really useful way of developing accurate nutritional care plans to meet the patients energy expenditure.  This should ultimately help to minimise the weight loss of individual patients who are struggling to meet their daily needs nutritionally and more effectively measure and monitor them.
£650 Purchased by Mrs P Cattaneo with monies raised by holding a Golf Day in memory of her dear husband, Stuart. -- thank you.

Speed Heat Warming Pads
For chemotherapy patients to help raise their veins and provide comfort whilst they receive their treatment
Approx £900. One kindly purchased by Daniel's team with funds rasied from events held in Hurstpierpoint 2012

Heat Pads
Heat pads over the arm can ease discomfort when chemotherapy is infused.  A small cost item that can makes a real difference to patient comfort.
£50 donated by the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation

Ultrasound
The IV team contributed £1000, DDU £500 and ITU some also. This benefits cancer patients who need PICC lines. We are sharing this with these other areas.
Thank you to: The League of Friends

Silicone cap and cover
Used to aid scalp cooling in order to help prevent hair loss during chemotherapy treatment.
Thank you to: David Shannon in memory of his wife Judith

Various Music CDs
Thank you to: David Shannon in memory of his wife Judith

Baxter pumps
Purchased: in memory of Sydney Giles together with a large contribution to physics equipment.

Infusion pump and drip stands
Three drip stands and contribution to an Infusion Pump.
Thank you to: Mr B Lee 

2-3 portable DVD players 
Required for educational purposes in the Sussex Cancer Centre for teaching aids for chemotherapy staff and also for patients to use whlst in the department having treatment for many hours.
Cost approx £100 each
Thank you to the family and friends in memory of the late Mick Patrick

Portable DVD player, plus headphones and covers
The Fund has set up a DVD library for patients receiving lengthy treatment in Chemotherapy.  We have purchased some portable DVD players for patients to use in the unit. 
One kindly purchased by Margaret Bishop in memory of her son Daniel 

Chemotherapy chair and footstool
One kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Brighton & Hove Breakfast - Thank you.
One kindly purchased by Sheila Mills - Thank you

Portable illuminated magnifier
To be able to assess skin patients more effectively. 2 needed £30.00 each
Kindly purchased by Fred Moghadam and the Taurus of Sussex Lodge

DAB radio
4 DAB radios for patients to use in the unit.
Appox £35.00 each
One kindly purchased by Sackville Masonic Lodge
One kindly purchased by Daniel's team with funds raised from events held in Hurstpierpoint 2012
2 donated in memory of Stephanie Dewey
Grateful thanks to all donators

Waiting Room 
Total refurbishment of the waiting room to include tables and chairs.
Approx £5000 
Completed with money donated by Mrs Moore

Chemotherapy referral system 

A computerised referral system that will prevent delays and improve the care that chemotherapy patients currently receive. Approx £5000       
Kindly bought by Penny Cattaneo with money raised in her husband Stuart's memory

Clinetic Status Plus
A urine tester that will support staff when reading patients urine test results.
Approx £495.00. Kindly purchased by Lindsay Webb in loving memory of her Mum

Drug Fridge
To store expensive chemotherapy and supportive therapy drugs for our patients. 
£700.00. Kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Lewes Barbican

General purpose trolley
To enable staff to give patients waiting for radiotherapy refreshments.
£162.00. Kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Lewes Barbican

Weighing scales
To help with a trial to encourage patients to weigh themselves before each cycle of chemotherapy. 
£350.00. Kindly purchased by The Rotary Club of Lewes Barbican

Examination lamp
For use in the clinic rooms.
£285.00. One kindly purchased by Beryl Fenwick and friends - thanks to all

Food Scales
To weigh chemotherapy drugs to give more accurate times and to reduce treatment times.
Kindly purchased by Mrs C Davidson with thanks

Large Calculators
To work out chemotherapy drug calculations. 10 kindly purchased by Valerie Barton with thanks

Labeller
To make filing in clinics and chemotherapy more efficient, the labeller would be used to label everything from nurses pigeon-holes to patient information drawers. 2 needed approx £50.00 each
Purchased by Paul Couchman and family in loving memory of their Father and Grandpa Ron Couchman

The Sussex Cancer Fund has recently funded a newly opened chemotherapy suite and purchased new equipment.  

Digital Hand Dynamometer
This tool is used to measure patients strength, this is particularly useful if they have been losing weight. Together with a percentage body weight loss it can assist an overall assessment of a patients nutritional   needs  pre and during treatment. It may also be useful as a measure to support which treatment would best suit the patients needs and can  be used to plot progress through the patients journey.
£399. Thank you to the family and friends in memory of the late Mick Patrick  

Kitchen equipment for support group
A cookery support group is being set up by the oncology consultant dietician and Macmillan nurses, for people recovering from cancer.  Patients will learn howto cook recipes that are beneficial for their condition, determined by the type of their cancer and treatment they have received.  The group will run from a community kitchen and equipment is needed to get it started.
Approx £250-300 - kindly donated by Simon and Sarah Pepper in celebration of their wedding day

Dinamp Pro 300 monitors - Haematology/Oncology Ward
Dinamaps are a vital resource for patient care of an acute environment.  These monitors ensure sage and accutate measurements of vital signs when Haemato-oncology patients are at their most vulnerable.
Cost approx £2000 each. Purchased by Penny Cattaneo and David Shannon, and Dorothea Percy and Susan Webster. Huge thanks to them for their fantastic support.

Television and DVD player - Howard one iodine isolation ward
For patients in the isolation ward
This has now been purchased with money raised by Gay Patrick and her friends and family, in loving memory of Mick.  Very many thanks Gay.

Shaving mirrors, foot bath, bedside lamps - Howard One Ward.
Creature comforts for our patients.Purchased from general funds.

Recliner Chair (motorised) - Oncology Ward 
To assist with the remobilisation/comfort of patients following therapy.  In addition family members comfort who wish to stay close by with their loved ones.
Cost approx £310 each - 2 kindly donated by Brighton and Hove Estate Agents' Association

DVD's - Howard One Ward
For patients to use on the portable player whilst having their treatment. Cost various
Kindly purchased by Margaret Bishop in memory of her son Daniel

Reclining Chair   
For relatives to use when visiting patients in Howard 1 ward.£1000 approx
Purchased by Mrs Couchman and family in loving memory of Ron Couchman

9 Bedside tables
Existing bedside tables are in desperate need of replacing. £240.00 each.
Purchased with Howard 1 general funds.















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