Posted on Thursday 9th June 2011
Critical Care cheque
Sheenah Carruthers presents the cheque to members of the Critical Care Outreach Team
A fundraising night has raised more than £1,000 to boost support for acutely ill patients at the Cumberland Infirmary.
Sheenah Carruthers, a staff nurse on Beech C/D Ward, held the fundraiser last month to buy new equipment for the Critical Care Outreach Team at the hospital.
The evening, on 6 May at the White Heather in Kirkbride, raised £1,050 with a casino, meal, disco and raffle.
Sheenah said: “It was such a great night. We had about 70 people there and it was so successful, we might do another one later in the year.”
The Critical Care Outreach Service provides specialist care to acutely ill patients in all acute adult inpatient areas, supporting the ward nurses and doctors.
Lianna Thomlinson, Senior Sister with the Critical Care Outreach Team, explained: “We provide specialist knowledge and interventions to optimise the care patients receive in the ward settings and if necessary assist when patients are escalated to Intensive Care. We also provide a follow up service to all patients discharged to the ward from Intensive Care.
“The money donated will go towards new transfer monitors and training equipment which will benefit all of the acute ward areas at the Cumberland Infirmary.”
The Critical Care Outreach Service has been running for several years but was extended to provide cover around the clock last September.
Sheenah added: “The team provides a fantastic service – it is just what we have needed for a long time. Beech C/D is such a large ward, we use the outreach service a lot. That’s why I decided to raise money towards this new equipment.”
Donations from the evening were also given to Eden Hospice Children’s Hospice and towards research into Huntington’s disease.