Friends of St Cross bring health services back to Rugby

Willy Goldschmidt tries the new equipment for size with specialist respiratory physiologist Trish Matharu. Photo by Leigh Crosby.
Willy Goldschmidt tries the new equipment for size with specialist respiratory physiologist Trish Matharu. Photo by Leigh Crosby.

New equipment donated by the Friends means sleep trials can now be performed at the Hospital of St Cross - saving some patients a trip to Coventry.

The £5,000 device detects obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) - a condition where the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.

Consultant clinical scientist Joanna Shakespeare said: “Historically these tests have always been undertaken at Coventry.

“We had, in the last few months, started to perform the more basic oximetry sleep study at Rugby but did not have the resources to perform the multi-channel test.

“Now thanks to this donation we can undertake all of our sleep diagnostic testing at Rugby, preventing patients in the local area having to make multiple trips to Coventry.”

She added: “With current staffing levels we will be able to perform up to three studies per week at Rugby.

“We are very grateful that the Friends of St Cross have enabled this service to develop at the Hospital of St Cross.”

Speaking of the new equipment, specialist respiratory physiologist Trish Matharu, said: “It is used for the detection of OSA and the equipment is taken home by the patient and worn in the comfort of their own home.”

Willy Goldschmidt, communications lead for the Friends, said: “The Friends are always keen to support initiatives which help to bring services nearer to the patients in Rugby.”

The Friends’ Diamond Jubilee Appeal has raised more than £35,000 for the hospital’s blood taking unit this year.

The fundraising group hope to total £60,000.

Go to www.fsx.org.uk