We were delighted to visit Good Hope hospital in Sutton Coldfield yesterday, where we have funded a pulse oximetry machine for the maternity unit.
Pulse oximetry is a simple and non-invasive test to determine the amount of oxygen in a baby’s blood. Low levels can be a sign of congenital heart disease (CHD) and, once identified, babies with possible CHD can be referred for specialised care and treatment that could help save their lives.
Staff at Good Hope Hospital with Tiny Tickers CEO Jon and the pulse oximetry machine
Around 3,500 babies are born at Good Hope each year and Maggie Coleman, Matron – Maternity Clinical Services for the hospital said: “We’d like to say a huge thanks to Tiny Tickers and their supporters for this generous donation. Equipment like this is invaluable for caring for our patients and helping improve their experience.”
Tiny Tickers’ Chief Executive, Jon Arnold, met with staff at Good Hope to see the machines and said: “More and more hospitals in the UK are using pulse oximetry testing on newborns and we feel it’s a vital tool in detecting congenital heart disease.
The first Tiny Tickers funded pulse oximetry machine, at Good Hope Hospital
“It’s estimated that more than 1,000 babies with CHD leave UK hospitals with an undetected heart condition, and pulse oximetry testing could help identify many cases.
“So we’re absolutely delighted to fund this machine, which we see as the start of a new campaign for Tiny Tickers to fund pulse oximetry machines in as many hospitals as we can throughout the UK. We’ll be launching this campaign soon – so watch this space!”
The machine was funded by kind donations made in memory of Colin Boswell, grandfather to a CHD patient, who passed away last year. We would like to thank Colin’s family and friends for their generosity.