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Charitable Support for the Wessex Neurological Centre
Enhancing the range and quality of patient care and sponsoring pioneering research


2018 Smile4Wessex Gala...

2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner Date
We're pleased to announce that the 2018 Smile4Wessex Gala Dinner will take place at the Hilton Ageas Bowl on Saturday 13th October. 'Early Bird' ticket deals are available until 30th June. Please click HERE for full details.

Rob's Family Fundraiser

Rob's Family Fundraiser
Rob Langman is no stranger to taking on a challenge for Smile4Wessex and had no hesitation in also volunteering his brother-in-law Dave, and nephew DJ, to join him in this years FebBrainairy. They were ably assisted by his two children,...

Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy

Kiri's Close Shave for Epilepsy
Having recently undergone surgery for Epilepsy, Kiri MacDonald-Jones bravely agreed to lose her locks for FebBrainairy 2018. Supporting Kiri was her husband Darryl, good friend Helen Webster, who is also a dedicated supporter...

SPA / Daily Echo Property...

SPA / Daily Echo Property Ball
Huge thanks to all at the Daily Echo / Southampton Property Association for choosing Smile4Wessex to benefit from their annual Charity Ball. It was a great evening and, as the pic below shows, a tremendous amount was raised...

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...

'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  

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