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Judith and Jeremy's Race...

Judith and Jeremy's Race to the King
We had the pleasure of meeting Judith Murray and Jeremy King this week and were thrilled to be able to show them round the unit, so they could see the projects we have funded from our past appeals and hear about our current...
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Ella's Chop for Charity...

Ella's Chop for Charity
12 year old Ella Ashford is preparing to have her gorgeous blonde locks cut off in her fundraising efforts to support Smile4Wessex. This is her own way of thanking the brilliant team here at the Wessex Neurological Centre,...
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Waitrose Community Matters

Waitrose Community Matters
If you shop at Waitrose you can nominate Smile4Wessex as your chosen local charity by completing the nomination form found at the Customer Services desk in store. Three good causes receive a share of £1,000...
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Smile4Wessex Neuro Open...

Smile4Wessex Neuro Open Day
Our long-awaited Neuro Open Day gave those attending a unique opportunity to see and learn about many of the amazing projects that Smile4Wessex has funded. Following a brief welcome and introduction, visitors were divided...
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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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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