Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides healthcare to the people of Swindon and the surrounding areas offering the latest treatments and care in hospital, within the local community and in people's homes and has around 1.2 million patient contacts a year.
Our Hospital General Fund is used to fund that extra special level of care in order to make a real difference to patients, their families and our staff that treat them, above what the NHS is able to afford. It is used wherever the need is greatest across the whole Foundation Trust and can be used on improvements to the hospital environment, fund ground-breaking research, support development and training of staff and provide state-of-the-art equipment.
Below are just a few examples of the difference donations to the General Fund has made:
A donation of £8,497.44 from the hospital’s General Fund enabled us to purchase an emergency trolley bed for patients transferred to us by helicopter. The trolley collects patients from the helipad to transport them to our Emergency Department and can also be utilised for collecting patients around GWH following Medical Emergency Team calls.
The trolley we have purchased is motorised to improve manual handling up/down helipad ramp, and also improving patient safety for transfer. The trolley has a pressure 'relief' mattress for patient comfort, providing greater stability for critical patients and those with significant trauma.
A donation of £15,586.22 from the hospital’s General Fund has enabled us to fund TRiM training for our staff to become practitioners. TRiM is a trauma-focused peer support system designed to help people who have experienced a traumatic, or potentially traumatic event.
TRiM Practitioners are non-medical personnel who have undergone specific training allowing them to understand the effects that traumatic events can have upon people. They are not counsellors or therapists, but understand confidentially and are able to listen and offer practical advice and assistance.
TRiM originated in the UK Armed Forces and the model is based on ‘watchful waiting’, that means keeping a watchful eye on individuals who have been exposed to a traumatic event, whether that person has been directly involved or involved from afar.
Buddy Day Beds
A donation of £3,000 from the hospital’s General Fund has enabled us to purchase 3 buddy day beds for our Children’s Ward. The chairs enable parents to stay overnight with their children.
The chairs are comfortable and spacious and can be reclined into different positions to open either just at the bottom to rest your feet up while your baby or toddler falls asleep on you, or to be reclined totally flat into a bed so that parents get quality sleep even during the day when their child is having a nap.
Hospital art loan
Thanks to a donation of £3,000 from the hospital’s General Fund we have been able to continue to fund the art within the hospital.
Working with Paintings in Hospitals who create person centred healthcare environments, the Great Western Hospital has been displaying 75 works of art in and around its wards and departments.
At the Great Western Hospital we believe that art has an important role to play in the healing process. The 2007 Department of Health and Arts Council England publication, 'A Prospectus for Arts and Health' asserted that the arts have an important part to play in improving health and well-being.