Target of £200,000 reached for our ‘Transforming Your Care’ Digital Observations Appeal

In the Spring of 2019, we launched our ‘Transforming Your Care’ Digital Observations Appeal which looked to raise £200,000 to implement an electronic observation system at our hospitals to record patients’ vital signs.

We’re delighted to say that we have now reached our £200,000 target for the appeal to revolutionise the way our doctors and nurses deliver care. A big thank you to all our supporters, including the Kusuma Trust UK who have pledged to match fund the appeal with a grant of £100,000, helping us to complete it.

Currently, patients’ vital signs, which can be anything from pulse rate to temperature, are given a score which is calculated against the average, anything above the average triggers the nurse to contact the Doctor for further assessment.

Thanks to the generosity of our fundraisers and donors our clinical staff will now be able to use a mobile device to support in collecting patient observations instead of recording them on paper and calculating manually. This will not only bring a new standardisation of the assessment and response process but will allow for automated alerts which will ensure that care is delivered at the right time and by the appropriate clinician.

Your support will now also enable clinical staff to utilise early warning technology for sepsis – a potentially life-threating condition. The technology we’re funding uses algorithms and track-and-trigger systems alongside our nurses’ own expertise to enable them to identify early signs of sepsis, meaning treatment can start earlier and more lives can be saved.

Tasmin Fernandes, Sister at Royal Brompton Hospital says

We believe that digital observations are vital in maintaining the excellent standards we strive for in this Trust. Digital technology is the future of health care which is being embraced by many Trusts' nationally and internationally. We need to be ahead of this vision.

Thank you to everyone who has kindly supported us with this appeal. To find out more about our 2020 fundraising appeals, click here.