Friends of St Cross fund facilities and donate equipment to children’s wards

Staff Nurse Claire Horridge and Healthcare Assistant, Donna Davis try out the new Stadiometer

Staff Nurse Claire Horridge and Healthcare Assistant, Donna Davis try out the new Stadiometer

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A hospital charity has donated equipment and funded facilities at the newly-located Children’s Outpatients section of Rugby’s hospital.

The Friends of St Cross has supplied specialist height measuring equipment and baby changing facilities for the new unit at The Hospital of St Cross.

The children’s unit is now based in the former Hawthorn Ward.

Previously staff used a tape measure attached to the wall to record patients’ heights but it lacked accuracy.

The Friends say the new device provides a much more reliable reading.

St Cross Healthcare assistant, Donna Davis, said: “Accuracy is essential when prescribing drugs for young patients.”

The Children’s Outpatients move will enable the service to expand slightly and means that the hospital can then relocate the Therapy department currently housed at one end of Cedar to Rowan, which will then make room for an additional six beds on Cedar ward later on this year.

The Friends of St Cross is aiming to raise £60,000 for its Diamond Jubilee Appeal to mark its 60th year.

The charity recently announced it had spent more than £3 million on projects and equipment for St Cross since it was set up.

Go to www.fsx.org.uk for details.