Band­ing to­gether for out­reach pro­ject

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A BAND is hop­ing it has drummed up enough votes to be able to win a cash grant.

The Amer­sham Band has en­tered the Galaxy Hot Choco­late Fund, to win a grant of £300 to fund an out­reach pro­gramme.

The band, which dates back to 1845, has am­bi­tious plans to de­velop into a brass academy and to launch ad­di­tional bands, in­clud­ing a youth band.

It has started an out­reach pro­gramme for lo­cal schools giv­ing talks and demon­stra­tions.

The grant would pay for a pro­fes­sional tu­tor and for teach­ing ma­te­ri­als to run a se­ries of group lessons for school chil­dren.

This will en­able chil­dren to try out a brass in­stru­ment and to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of group mu­sic mak­ing.

The band will pro­vide the in­stru­ments to sup­port the ses­sions.

Vot­ing closed on Sun­day (Fe­bru­ary 21).

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.galaxy­hot choco­late.com/fund/ pro­files/amer­sham-band.

Ren­nie Grove Hospice Care pro­vides 24/7 re­spon­sive care in pa­tients’ homes, aim­ing to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and giv­ing pa­tients the choice to spend their fi­nal days at home.

Ba­sic nurs­ing equip­ment such as stetho­scopes, tym­panic (ear) ther­mome­ters and blood glu­cose mon­i­tors are a cru­cial part of the care of­fered by the char­ity.

Ren­nie Grove Hospice at Home nurse, Suzanne Fitz­patrick, said: “As many of our pa­tients are liv­ing longer thanks to ad­vances in treat­ment, they of­ten de­velop more com­plex med­i­cal con­di­tions which need close mon­i­tor­ing and timely in­ter­ven­tion.

“Us­ing ba­sic nurs­ing equip­ment, our nurses need to make de­tailed and fre­quent health as­sess­ments to en­sure pa­tients have the best pos­si­ble qual­ity of life.”

For ex­am­ple, a blood glu­cose mon­i­tor can iden­tify el­e­vated blood sugar lev­els.

De­tected early, this can be eas­ily re­solved, but with­out in­ter­ven­tion it could re­sult in de­hy­dra­tion or­gan dam­age, and could even prove fa­tal.

A sim­ple blood glu­cose mon­i­tor could prove to be a life-saver, es­pe­cially for pa­tients tak­ing high-dose steroid med­i­ca­tion who are at greater risk of raised blood sugar lev­els.

An­other sim­ple but cru­cial tool to mon­i­tor a pa­tient’s con­di­tion is a stetho­scope.

Ms Fitz­patrick adds: “Our nurses use stetho­scopes reg­u­larly, not just to check a pa­tient’s heart and lung func­tion but also to mon­i­tor bow­els for signs of ob­struc­tion.

“Us­ing the stetho­scope reg­u­larly in this way can help pre­vent a med­i­cal emer­gency, whether the pa­tient has can­cer of the bowel or an­other life­lim­it­ing con­di­tion im­pact­ing on the bowel such as kid­ney fail­ure, or is tak­ing med­i­ca­tion that can ad­versely af­fect the bowel.”

All the equip­ment used by the char­ity’s Hospice at Home nurses helps to pre-empt com­pli­ca­tions, pre­vent hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions and pro­long a pa­tient’s life.

Ms Fitz­patrick added: “Man­ag­ing a pa­tient’s symp­toms as soon as they oc­cur can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween stay­ing at home and be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

“By us­ing vi­tal nurs­ing equip­ment dur­ing our vis­its – at any time of the day or night – we can keep track of a pa­tient’s con­di­tion, pro­vide im­me­di­ate pain re­lief and help to keep other symp­toms un­der con­trol.

“Each year we must raise around 85 per cent of our an­nual £6.7mil­lion run­ning costs from our gen­er­ous com­mu­nity.

“This may sound like a phe­nom­e­nal amount to raise but by sim­ply help­ing us to cover the smaller costs of nurs­ing equip­ment you can eas­ily make a dif­fer­ence to our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

In this lat­est ap­peal to sup­port­ers, the char­ity is ask­ing peo­ple to make a do­na­tion to­wards ba­sic pieces of equip­ment likes stetho­scopes and blood glu­cose mon­i­tors.

To find out more and sup­port this ap­peal visit www.ren­niegrove.org/ equip, call 01442 890 222 or text CARE to 60155 to do­nate £3.

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