22 Oct 2015

Nurses tackle Great South Run for life saving machines

Four nurses from St Richard’s hospital in Chichester

Four nurses from St Richard’s hospital in Chichester will swap scrubs for sneakers this autumn as they prepare to take part in the popular Great South Run.

On 25 October the critical care nurses will run the ten mile course in Portsmouth to raise funds to buy five Optiflow machines.

Niki Anderton, a critical care clinical nurse specialist explains why these machines are becoming increasingly important.

“Optiflow is a new oxygen delivery system that provides a comfortable high flow humidified oxygen to patients with respiratory disorders and can prevent the need for invasive ventilation.”

Niki says Optiflow trials have been very successful in treating pneumonias and often means patients can go home sooner.

She adds: “Using Optiflow often means we can avoid the need to transfer to intensive care which is distressing to the patient and their families.”

More money, more machines

Each machine costs £2,500 and with the help of local charity, the Friends of Chichester Hospitals, aka ‘The Friends’, St Richard’s now has four of the new delivery system.

But they need more.

“As we are seeing first-hand such benefits to these patients we volunteered to enter the Great South Run to raise further funds towards more machines. We’ve already had fantastic support, a paramedic and one of our dad’s will be running with us.

“But the best news is Optiflow will give us the fifth machine free if we can fund four.”

Mission critical

Every penny counts in this mission, so Niki and the team looked around for the best fundraising platform.

“We’re asking people to give with MyDonate because it’s easy to access and very simple to donate,” says Niki. “And as it’s commission free, more money will go towards our goal of getting five more machines.”

The Friends

The Friends of Chichester Hospitals was founded in 1948 to help improve facilities in the area hospitals and is run entirely by volunteers.

“The Friends are very impressed by the difference made by the Optiflow machines we have already purchased, and are delighted that the team are so committed to helping fund more for St Richard’s Hospital,” says Jane Ramage, Chairman, at the Friends of Chichester Hospitals.

“Staff volunteering like this means a lot to our volunteers and we wish them all the best for the run.”

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