In October 2017, charitable funds paid for a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for the UCLH neonatal unit.
The GE Vivid S70 cost £35,000 and has made a huge difference to the level of care which the neonatal team is able to offer some of its sickest patients.
In an increasingly time-pressured NICU environment, the new ultrasound machine enables doctors to do urgent head and heart (echo) scans sooner, scan more babies in a day and communicate better with specialist cardiology colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Says Dr Cally Tann, Consultant Neonatologist at UCLH: “The new scanner is a game changer. We are dedicated to developing our service for babies born with complex heart conditions and this machine helps us do that. It is more mobile, easy to use and produces much higher quality images than before. This enables us to provide a safer, faster, better service for our babies and their families.”
The purchase of this amazing kit was made possible with the support of an inspirational family who raised funds to help improve the care of other babies.