Technology and medical advancement is moving so fast that equipment can very quickly become outdated. The NHS can only afford to replace equipment every seven to ten years, so Above & Beyond help by providing funds to purchase state of the art equipment, ensuring patients get the very best treatment.

Funds provided by Above & Beyond help to save lives and offer a better quality of life, thanks to less invasive surgical techniques, quicker diagnosis and treatment. This reduces length of hospital stay and speeds up recovery, resulting in better patient outcomes.

Examples of equipment our supporters have funded:

  • A non-invasive ventilator for children in Bristol’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), which provides critically ill children with help breathing, without having to insert a breathing tube into the child’s windpipe. The technique prevents patients from deteriorating and means they do not need sedation which is traditionally needed. This results in shorter stays on PICU and in hospital so children can get back to their homes and lives more swiftly. 

  • Surgical equipment for the gynaecological cancer team, including sentinal nodes used in surgery to treat many different forms of cancer, particularly in operations for older women. This treatment can limit the number of surgical interventions a patient might need and enhance their quality of life post-surgery, helping them to retain their mobility and ability to live independently.

  • A Caleo Incubator for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital, provides much more visibility for parents to see their very small and sick baby than a normal incubator does. It also means parents can cuddle their baby without taking them off the ventilator. This contact and visibility is vital for both a baby and its parents during these early days and weeks of life.

  • A microwave ablation machine that provides non-invasive surgery to kill certain types of cancer cells. John, pictured with his wife Ann, was recently given the all-clear after being treated with the new machine for his liver cancer.

It really is remarkable: 27 hours in hospital, no side effects to speak of, and a great result!

Read more about the Microwave Ablation Appeal here.

  • Mobile scanners including echo-cardiogram and ultrasound scanners to provide 24/7 access for quicker diagnosis and treatment. Patients can stay in the comfort of individual rooms on the ward with services coming to them to reduce stress and anxiety.

You can help fund state of the art equipment to ensure treatment is the best it can be, please donate here. Thank you.