A generous donation from Lions Clubs across the North Nottinghamshire area has provided nurses from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice with Community Nurse Kit Bags, to take on home visits.
Retford Lions, Edwinstowe and Dukeries Lions and Worksop and Mansfield Lions chose to support Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice after hearing about the benefits of the bags. They contain a chilled compartment for medicine, respiratory equipment, a stethoscope, thermometer and iPads, preloaded with medical software.
John Battersby of Retford Lions said: “We were really impressed with the concept of the Community Nurse Kit Bags, especially as it will assist Community Nurses in often difficult situations.
“As well as accessing medical software, the nurses will also be able to take a short video or photo on the iPads, to send to a consultant. This quickens the process and could really speed up a diagnosis.”
Retford Lions grouped together with other Lions Clubs in the area – Edwinstowe and Dukeries and Worksop and Mansfield – to raise the total of £8,400 needed to buy the bags and the equipment inside.
Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted that the Lions have raised such a fabulous amount for us to buy our first set of Community Nurse Kit Bags.
“These will make a huge positive difference to our children and families, as our nurses will always have vital portable, technical equipment to hand when they need to care and support our children in their own homes. Currently, such equipment is stored at our hospice in North Anston and community nurses have to pick it up on their way to a child’s home.
“It costs more than £3m a year to keep our hospice open, so we are really grateful for the continued support of the Lions Clubs in the region who have helped to raise this money.”