New breathing equipment for Ipswich Hospital children’s ward thanks to Saxmundham District Rotary Club donation

(L – R) Student nurse Sophie Barrett and young patient Indie-Rose Taylor using the Opti-flow machine

(L R) Student nurse Sophie Barrett and young patient Indie-Rose Taylor using the Opti-flow machine, together with Rotary club president Frances Cardy and fellow member Graham Mooney. Picture: Ipswich Hospital - Credit: Ipswich Hospital

More young patients in Suffolk are now able to benefit from specialist oxygen therapy thanks to a donation.

Frances Cardy, president of Saxmundham District Rotary Club, has handed over a cheque for £2,200 to staff at Ipswich Hospital.

The money has been spent on a new Opti-flow machine, which supports patients to breath, for the Bergholt children’s ward.

Ellen Farrance, children’s unit sister, said: “We are very grateful to the Rotary Club for collecting this fantastic sum, which has allowed us to buy an additional machine.

“The machines are really important as they support young patients and help them to breath more easily, which prevents them from needing more invasive treatment and potentially ending up in intensive care.”


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Rotary Club volunteers collected the money from shoppers outside supermarkets over the Christmas period.

The new equipment takes the total number of machines available to staff on the Bergholt Ward and neonatal unit to around 12.

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