£3.3 million for equipment at North Bristol NHS Trust

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

North Bristol NHS Trust will get £3.3million over the next year for a new range of equipment to improve services for NHS patients, the Government announced today.

The new items which will be used purchased include:

  • Dialysis machines to enable us to expand our home dialysis service, offering renal patients more choice in where they receive their treatment
  • Bariatric operating table which will give us more flexibility in the treatment of bariatric patients
  • Intensive care ventilators
  • Ultrasound machines which will offer improved imaging quality
  • A fundas camera that will be used to capture high quality images of the interior surface of the eyes
  • A fixed electron microscope increasing quality and reliability
  • Pulmonary function suite which will be used by patients with respiratory conditions, enabling clinicians to monitor patients’ conditions.

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the many acute NHS trusts across England to receive funding for new operating theatres, A&E departments and other services as well as new scanners and ultrasound equipment as part of the overall £330 million allocation for England.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “I want NHS patients across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and beyond to get the best care and treatment.

“We have saved money in central capital budgets this year which means we can spend more money on improving NHS facilities. This will mean that more of North Bristol NHS Trust’s patients will benefit from the latest world class equipment.”

Dr Chris Burton, Medical Director at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Many of the items will enable us to offer patients an even better service and, in some cases, more flexibility in how and where they receive their care.”