Making a Difference
One of the core stated objectives of the Group is ‘To support by means of financial assistance … persons suffering from any liver condition through research or the provision of equipment or facilities’. We have been able to supply many different items, large and small, which would otherwise not have been possible to acquire through the Health Trust.
Our biggest donation to date has been the Fibroscan equipment, used to help early detection of liver fibrosis, purchased in 2008 and upgraded in 2014. The machine is still in very regular use, and prevents patients from having to undergo more invasive tests in many cases.
Recent additions such as a Vein Viewer to help the nursing staff more easily detect a patient’s good veins when taking blood samples, a Moto-med device to help bedridden patients to maintain good muscle tone, and a paracentesis trainer to help junior doctors train how to safely perform fluid drains on liver patients, show the range of equipment we have been able to provide for the benefit of all liver patients in the Regional Liver Unit.
In total, since the Group was formed in 1998, over £230,000 has been spent purchasing hospital equipment and contributing to the hospital’s education fund for specific medical training. And to date £165,000 has been paid in the form of grants to patients travelling outside Northern Ireland for essential assessments, procedures and transplants.