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FebBRAINairy

FebBRAINairy
It's cold in February, but that's what woolly hats are for. FebBRAINairy is your chance to show your support for those who have their heads shaved for brain surgery, by having yours shaved to raise funds for Smile4Wessex. In...
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2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas...

2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards Sold Out
Sorry if you missed them, but our 2017 Smile4Wessex Christmas Cards have sold out. Thank you to all who purchased packs and we hope you have an enjoyable festive season and a very happy and healthy New Year.
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Brave febBRAINairy volunteers...

Brave febBRAINairy volunteers raise over £11,000
A total of 11 brave souls volunteered to have their heads shaved for our inaugural 'febBRAINairy' fundraising event, collectively raising a quite incredible £11,182 for Smile4Wessex. Throughout February (and into March),...
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Linda’s Life Turns Full...

Linda’s Life Turns Full (Epileptic) Circle!
When Linda Littlechild, then 38, was first diagnosed with Epilepsy it was not only a daunting time for her, but the whole Littlechild family. It was also the beginning of a difficult and sometimes frightening journey, but one which...
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'Wall of Smiles' Launched

'Wall of Smiles' Launched
We are delighted to announce details of the Smile4Wessex 'Wall of Smiles'. For the full story of this new initiative please click Wall of Smiles  
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You Smile, We Smile,...

You Smile, We Smile, They Smile - Promo Video Launched
We're delighted to reveal the new promotional video about Smile4Wessex - You Smile, We Smile, They Smile.  You may find it moving, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, or a combination of all those things, but we hope...
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Smile4Rich Ambulance

The Smile4Rich Ambulance Appeal

 There was a time when recovering patients awaiting transfer from the WNC back to their ‘home’ hospital elsewhere in the region did just that - wait - due simply to the lack of an appropriate vehicle.

That all changed with the introduction of the Smile4Rich Ambulance. Built as a dedicated resource for the WNC by WAS Vehicles, the Ambulance was entirely funded by the Smile4Rich Appeal, which raised £80,000 in a little over 18 months. It went into operational service in early March 2007 and has since carried well over 3,000 patients.

Lead Transfer Technician, Neil Johnson, explained how the new vehicle has exceeded all expectations. “Firstly, having our own vehicle meant that patient transfers could take place in a timely fashion. We estimate that the Centre was losing around 70 bed days per month through delays in repatriating patients, which in turn led to delays in admitting other patients in need of the WNC’s specialist services. Secondly, because the ambulance was designed and equipped specifically to carry patients with neuro conditions, the needs of those patients are not compromised and the crews accompanying them have everything they need to deal with any situation that may arise during a transfer.

“However, whilst repatriations to referring hospitals still account for most of the vehicle’s use, around 15% of its journeys have involve retrievals - collecting critically ill or injured patients from referring hospitals elsewhere in the region – and bringing them safely and speedily to the WNC for the specialist care they need.”

See also:

Smile4Wessex Children's Neuro Centre

Intra-Operative Nerve Monitoring

Neurosurgical Operating Microscope

Paediatric Video Telemetry (PVT) Suite

Auto-Tilt Sigma Physiotherapy Chair