The London North West Healthcare (LNWH) Charity which supports local hospitals including Ealing Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital has revealed the four projects that will share in £1m that it is giving to help the work of London North West University Healthcare (LNWH) NHS Trust.
Through the charity, LNWH NHS Trust gets support in a number of areas including equipment and medical research that would not normally be funded by the NHS.
The ideas initiative received 1,300 ideas with 12 of them shortlisted before the final four were chosen by staff.
The four winning projects which will be implemented later this year are:
- A greenspace transformation programme including an NHS nature recovery ranger to enhance and improve green space on hospital sites.
- A post-discharge medication support plan focused on patients prescribed antibiotics, steroids and opioids to help reduce readmissions and antimicrobial resistance.
- Additional translation devices to expand and improve existing translation and language support tools to better communicate with patients whose first language isn’t English.
- A breast cancer verification system allowing surgical teams to identify the border of normal tissue surrounding a tumour without samples having to be sent out of theatre.
David Jenkins, LNWH Charity Director said: “The competition really caught people’s imagination and we were overwhelmed with suggestions. It empowered staff and gave them a voice about what they think is important and want to see the money spent on.”
James Foss, green plan delivery lead and greenspace transformation programme lead said: “Learning that our project had gained enough votes to receive charity funding was a very pleasant surprise.”
Mr Foss added: “Access to nature has been shown to make a huge difference to staff and patient wellbeing, with research showing this can lead to lower heart rates, blood pressure, and negative emotions. By renovating our gardens, this funding will allow us to give a much-needed boost to local biodiversity and help our Trust contribute to our ambition of a nature-positive NHS.”