On 13th May 2016, we had the pleasure of meeting Danny Priestley and getting to show him the areas which his Charity Football Tournament ‘May Day Reunion’ helped to fund. His fundraising supported the purchase of new equipment for the Hydrotherapy pool and Neuro Acute ward within the Children’s Therapy Department.


GAITRite Analysis System

The Charitable Foundation approved a grant application of £22,730 to the Leeds Combined Physiotherapy & Podiatry Clinic for a GAITRite gait analysis system.

Hospital Specialist Podiatrist Richard Wilkins tells us, “The clinic currently provides physical therapy, insoles and footwear treatment to adults and children with bleeding disorders such as haemophilia.

“Footwear and insoles are prescribed to patients to reduce the frequency of bleeding into soft tissue and joints, improve patient pain and improve mobility.

“This equipment allows us to measure physical function during walking and watch patients walking in slow motion meaning the patients only have to walk over the mat once instead of several times. This reduces the risk to patients and provides data that can be used to monitor their condition.

“The system will enhance our ability to provide patient specific insoles and footwear and ultimately lead to better patient care in a patient group at risk of joint damage.“


Spyglass DS & EHL Equipment

The Spyglass DS & Electrohydraulic Lithotripsy (EHL) equipment, costing £78,212 is a miniature endoscope that passes through a standard endoscope and can be manipulated into the bile duct.

It obtains high quality digital images, allowing obstructions of the bile duct to be sampled under direct vision, increasing the accuracy of the diagnosis.

This enables eligible patients to receive treatment in a timely manner as well as preventing unnecessary operations in others.

This equipment can also be used to break up previously untreatable bile duct stones. The Spyglass probe is advanced into the bile duct and the Lithotripter probe is used to apply energy to the stone, causing it to fragment and be extracted. Previously, such patients would have required open surgery.


Mobile Ultrasound Scanner

Ramnath Subramaniam, Consultant Paediatric Urologist and Hon Cl Assoc Prof, Leeds Children’s Hospital and University of Leeds, writes of the £16,400 equipment:

“Thanks to the efforts and support from the Charitable Foundation, the Paediatric Urology service procured a long awaited Ultrasound scanner for outpatients.

“This scanner has made a huge difference and enhanced the quality of care given to our patients. Children can now be scanned in the clinic during their appointment and we can take them further along the RTT pathway quicker compared to waiting for a scan at the Radiology department, which can take six weeks.

“This one stop service has benefitted a number of our patients since obtaining the machine, improving their overall experience in coming to the hospital in Leeds.

“We still refer patients who need the help and expertise of our radiologists and sonographers, but by filtering some routine scans, this service has contributed to reduce workload for our colleagues in the Radiology department.

“Many thanks to all those who helped to make this possible and realise what remained a personal wish from a quality perspective towards patient care for a very long time.”


Surewash Hand Washing

Surewash is a system based on video game technology which teaches staff how to wash their hands more thoroughly.

Costing £28,670, the system has a motion camera which senses where the hands are and pops up with each hand washing technique and monitors how well the person is carrying the technique out. It also scores users for how long it takes them to do it.

The infection prevention team went on a mission to take it round all the wards so all the staff could have a go and see how well they were really washing their hands.


Children's Pagers

We are pleased to announce that now families of youngsters undergoing surgery have been issued with Parent Pagers by the Children’s Post-Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU), which has been funded by the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, with PACU nurses contributing to the fundraising by selling pies to their co-workers.

The pagers buzz when the child is coming round after their operation so that parents can be with them as soon as possible, and it means health workers don’t have to rely on mobile phones to communicate with families as reception is patchy at Leeds General Infirmary.

Gogs Byrn, charge nurse on the unit said “The pagers help guarantee that parents are close by when needed meaning they can be quickly reunited with their child in recovery, providing reassurance for both.

“So far the feedback has been really positive, with parents saying how much of a benefit the pagers are and how easy they are to use, as they work in a similar way to the pagers commonly used in restaurants.”


BCRAG: Tomosynthesis X-ray machine

A £125,000 tomosynthesis X-ray machine, which can detect cancer through detailed 3D images, was donated by the Breast Cancer Research Action Group (BCRAG) and presented to Seacroft Hospital’s breast screening unit on Friday.

Dr Nisha Sharma, director of breast screening in Leeds and Wakefield, said the technology will be used on women whose initial mammograms suggest possible cancer to determine whether they have the disease earlier. It will stop those without cancer from having unnecessary biopsies.

She said: “It could save a lot of pain and worry for a lot of women. It is a good test and it will improve the patient pathway from second stage screening.”


Sensory Equipment for Children's Therapy

Cash 4 Kids generously granted us £548 to purchase sensory equipment for Children’s therapy. Kawther Hasan, or Bambuna as she is known, suffered a head injury and since then needs lots of interesting sensory input to enjoy play activities, she also loves to explore textures. Without special toys such as these, she cannot access such experiences or enjoy play.


Sensory Equipment for Ward 52

Leeds Lions Club kindly donated over £3,000 which was used to buy a variety of sensory equipment for ward 52. They visited the ward to see the equipment and we presented a plaque to them to acknowledge their generous donation.


Light Box

Here is a piece of equipment the Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation has recently funded, called a Light Box.

The Light Box is a simple yet effective method of training staff to adequately wash their hands. Staff in training are given some solution to rub over their hands using the technique they would use to wash their hands, then are asked to shake hands with someone.

The middle row of photos show solutioned hands, the light box ‘lights up’ the areas covered in solution so it is clear which bits have been missed.

The bottom photos show the transference of the solution onto anothers hands after a handshake, highlighting how easily bacteria can be spread. The individuals are then asked to go and wash their hands and put their hands under the light again, if there are any lit up areas left it is clear they have not washed their hands properly. This is a valuable resource in educating NHS staff on the correct methods to wash hands and prevent the spread of bacteria and we are pleased to have been able to provide it.


The Giraffe Omni Bed

Babies born below 27 weeks need to be nursed in a warm environment to help them grow and develop, the Giraffe Omni Bed is an incubator which replicates this but also has the unique feature of a canopy which can be lifted up for access to the baby, whilst keeping the baby at a consistent temperature.

As well as this, it is height adjustable so the parents can sit/stand beside their baby at the correct height. Easy access and height alteration help promote the bonding between parent and Neonate.

On 14th June, we were thrilled to meet with Becky Robinson, Neil Parker and family who, with an incredible amount of dedicated fundraising, have been able to purchase a Giraffe Omni Bed for the Neonatal Unit!

They sold elephant 'Never Forget' merchandise, climbed Mount Snowden, held a charity evening which raised £10,000 in one night(!!) and got involved in many other fundraising ventures that all tied in with the elephant Never Forget theme.

An enormous thank you to all the friends and family of Arley Marc Robinson Parker for tirelessly fundraising to make the purchase of this fantastic piece of equipment in Arley's memory possible.


Portable Hand-Held Saturation Monitors

The Garforth and District Lions Club at Garforth donated £900 to purchase two portable hand held saturation monitors for Children's Outpatients.

The photo shows seven year old Charlie Groak from Scunthorpe with the new hand held saturation monitor in use.


Cell-Salvage Machine

On 3rd June 2015 we were delighted to meet with CCS Leeds to present a state of the art piece of equipment they very kindly donated to the Leeds Children’s Hospital. They have generously purchased a Cell-Salvage machine; a machine which captures lost blood, cleans it and then replaces it.

This means there are less delays before crucial operations as compatibility tests do not need to be carried out and rare blood types can be easily transfused. Additionally, if patients do not want to take blood for religious reasons this is a great alternative for them.

The machine will not only save lives, but it will speed up medical processes and reduce the reliance on blood banks. So a great big thank you to CCS Leeds!


LABXpress Machine for Transplant Immunology

The Transplant Immunology Service took delivery of the brand new state-of-the-art LABXpress machine on 24th May 2013.

Costing £155,000, this was paid for with funds from the Charitable Foundation (£65k), the Renal Unit Trust Fund (£65k) and £25k from the British Kidney Patient Association. The Charitable Foundation also provided valuable support in co-ordinating the fundraising efforts, without which the task would have been made far more onerous.

This service delivers laboratory support to our organ and bone marrow transplant programmes and the machine has helped improve and streamline the service it provides. Its two main purposes are typing to enable organ ‘tissue type’ matching of the recipient with a donor, and antibody screening to avoid organ allocation to an immunologically unsuitable patient, both being critical for a successful transplant outcome.


MRI Information Film

A short, inspiring film displaying what a young patient goes through when they get an MRI scan.


Gait Keeper Treadmill

Thanks to stacks of your donations to our text donate service and a grant from the Liz & Terry Brammall Foundation we have just had a Gait Keeper Treadmill installed.

Leeds Children’s Hospital is now able to offer ‘Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy’ (SDR) surgery to patients with cerebral palsy and spasticity in their legs affecting their ability to function. The procedure leaves these children with weak muscles post operatively which require intensive rehabilitation and strengthening by a physiotherapist.

One of the main recommended activities for post operative or post neurological insult rehabilitation is walking. The safest way to mobilise a patient in these circumstances is on a height adjustable treadmill with body support equipment. This allows our therapists to control speed, incline and body support whilst providing ‘hands on’ facilitation of the child’s gait by the therapist. The treadmill also allows measurement of outcomes such as distance or speed which validate the rehabilitation programme.

Prior to getting this superb piece of equipment our physiotherapists worked with children by walking in the open - in a ward or corridor.

Patient Benjamin Harcourt-Sharpe is the first to use the harness and the treadmill. He is pictured helping our therapists as they are specially trained to get the most from the machine.


New iDexa Scanner funded by Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal

Doctors will be able to diagnose ill children more easily thanks to our new £78,000 DXA (iDexa) scanner (Pictured below, with patients Amber Archdale (centre), Jack Hopkins (bottom left), their parents and LTH staff members).

The new iDexa Scanner

The new paediatric bone density scanner has been bought by fundraising for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal and is only the third of its kind in the country.

The machine uses low dose X-Rays to measure the density of bones, which shows whether the child has fragile bones which are more likely to break.

It also allows them to see the child’s spinal vertebrae in much more detail and doctors can then use the results of the scan to diagnose and plan treatments.

“Within Leeds Children’s Hospital we have got many specialists who will need to use the scanner to assess the effects of disease or treatment,” said consultant paediatric endocrinologist Dr Talat Mushtaq “It’s great for the hospital to have the latest equipment that many children, not only from Leeds, but across the whole region, can use.”



The Liver Unit and Department of Hepatology at St James’s University Hospital is the major liver centre in the North of England for its transplant, hepatology and viral hepatitis services and leadership role. Clinicians from this department asked for funding of £74,000 from Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation to purchase a FibroScan machine.

The equipment will replace the need for a biopsy for many patients. The FibroScan test takes about 10-15 minutes and a reading is generated in real-time. Not only does this benefit the patient with over 40% of biopsies being avoided, it will also have an impact on waiting times.

Tracey Stirrup, Viral hepatitis nurse specialist said “After seeing a FibroScan in use elsewhere the number of patients being treated had increased because those who had been afraid to have the invasive liver biopsy were now attending for a scan.”

Tracey said “We are really pleased we can now offer this service at Leeds and cannot thank you enough for your support.”


OR1 Integrated Operating System

A large part of the funds we raise are spent on medical equipment which helps to keep Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal at the forefront of paediatric medicine.

Leeds Community Foundation awarded us a grant of £200,000 from the late Jimi Heselden’s ‘Jimbo’s Fund’ to purchase an OR-1 integrated operating system. This superb piece of equipment links the cameras used for key hole surgery and stores images.

It enables the capture and documentation of procedures which can be shared across the world for training purposes and also for confirmation of diagnosis or a second opinion. As the OR-1 equipment is secured to the ceiling it removes the necessity for the previous bulky equipment and a tangle of cables which used to run across the floor.

The theatre is now fully equipped for minimally invasive surgery and will benefit thousands of children requiring operations.