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Supporting St John's Hospital

"This latest project to raise money for a Paediatric Ultrasound Probe is exactly the kind of project we love to be involved in"

Roslyn Neely, CEO of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity.

Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity doesn't just provide support to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Our remit extends to hospitals throughout the Lothians, Borders and Fife. 

St John's Hospital in Livingston has received over £225,000 from ECHC over the past decade, funding projects to refurbish the Children's Ward playroom and soft play area, the A&E waiting area and the Radiology Department, as well as many smaller projects such as reward stickers and certificates for children and young people. 

Specialised medical equipment is something that ECHC fund in order to improve the speed and quality of diagnosis and treatment. This helps to ensure that children and young people's lives are less interrupted by illness as they can return to normal life sooner. We have just announced the funding of a state-of-the-art ultrasound probe to be installed at St John's Hospital, which will enable medical staff to produce superior images for use in diagnosis as the equipment is specifically designed for use on children. As well as this, those who need them will be able to receive their scans closer to home - reducing the stress of travel. 

The current scanning probe in use at the hospital is designed for adults which means it is often too large and works on a higher frequency than is required for children and young people.

New equipment would also deliver far superior images and improve diagnostic quality and would end the need for children from West Lothian being required to travel to Edinburgh for scans. Children and young people are referred for a scan for a number of different reasons. These range from head scans for neonatal babies, kidney scans for urine infections to scans on other parts of the body to check out lumps and other problems.

"Thanks to the amazing support and fundraising of many people of 25 years we've been able to fund countless innovative projects that support children and young people and their families during hospital visits"

Roslyn Neely, CEO of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity

While people mostly associate us with working in the city, in fact we are heavily involved in projects wherever children are treated. We are reaching out to communities in West Lothian to support us in raising funds for the hospital so that we can do more, including refurbishing the garden at the Mother and Baby Unit at St John's.  If you can help with in-kind gifts, fundraising or volunteering we would love to hear from you.

Individuals, schools and businesses are all encourage to get involved in any way they can. Find out more about how you can support us.

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