The Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund is an independent registered Charity that exists to support and enhance the services of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. It helps to fund additional facilities and equipment, support medical research and provide the extras that make being in hospital more comfortable and a less distressing experience for patients and their families.
Child Oncology Room Project
The Children’s Oncology Room Appeal was launched to raise funds so that we can transform the treatment rooms on the Children’s Ward, where all of our patients with leukemia and cancer are cared for.
If you would like to support this project, please text your donation now by pressing PONC99 £5 to 70070. Alternatively you can donate online here.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Appeal
The NICU Appeal was launched to raise additional funds to buy extra equipment and enhance the unit to ensure that all the babies will be treated in the best possible environment. 1 in 7 babies born at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital will need specialist care. Over 900 premature and sick babies are treated in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) every year.
To make a donation to the NICU Appeal, please click here.
NICU Parents Accommodation Appeal
Thanks to generous funds raised, we have built a facility at the hospital to enable some parents, based far from the hospital, to sleep and rest whilst being as close as possible to their baby. The accommodation includes three double bedrooms and a kitchen for parents. The aim is to create a home-from-home environment so that parents can get as much rest as possible without having to drive for hours each day, between home and NICU. This is a free service for parents but we need to raise £15,000 a year to continue to run the accommodation.
If you would like to support the NICU parents accommodation running costs, please contact us on 01582 718289 or email us.
Money raised through the Appeal will pay for enhancements and will not replace government funding.
The childrens’ ward treats over 10,000 children every year and has the capacity to treat up to 60 in-patients each day. A high percentage of those have special needs including visual impairments, physical or mental disabilities and include those who have experienced a trauma. There are many reasons why a child will be here receiving treatment, whether minor or major. We raise funds each year through the charity and the ward to support projects above and beyond the NHS provision. Recent projects include; new sensory equipment for the play room, portable sensory items for the bays and we are currently raising funds for a new teenage area. The reason we raise funds for projects like these, is to lessen the stress and anxiety for the patients and family and as a result, improve the patient’s responsiveness for treatment.
If you would like to support the Children’s ward, please contact us on 01582 718289 or email us.
The Chemotherapy Unit at the L&D treats hundreds of patients from across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
We use funds donated to this area to buy extra equipment and comfort items for the unit, ensuring that all our patients are treated in the best possible ‘healing’ environment.
If you would like to support the Cancer Unit, please contact us on 01582 718289 or email us.
Over 1000 patients are admitted at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital with a known diagnosis of Dementia every year. Caring for patients with Dementia is a complex process as they are often in hospital with a different health need. Patients present with varying symptoms; agitation, aggression, wandering, delirium, disinclination to eat or drink, refusing care intervention and medication compliance, which is challenging.
The hospital setting presents many challenges to the person with Dementia. The person with Dementia is more likely to find the hospital environment, frightening and confusing which increases their agitation and induce stress related behaviours.
With this in mind, the charity helps to fund timetabled activity slots on all of the Care of the Elderly wards. They are set up and overseen by the Dementia Nurse Specialist with the support of Occupational Therapists. The activity sessions are also supported day to day by volunteer support workers. During the sessions patients are encouraged to participate in different activities, with refreshments available. It also helps to stimulate patients to get dressed out of their pyjamas or hospital gowns.
We want to raise additional funds to support a dementia activity play specialist and purchase much needed items to ensure the activities are engaging and interesting. Items needed include crockery and place mats, games, puzzles, books, televisions, DVDs and arts and crafts materials.
In the UK, every 5 minutes someone will have a stroke.
The L&D’s Stroke Unit, the regions designated hospital for Thrombolysis, provides specialist medical and rehabilitation services to hundreds of people every year. The unit manages patients admitted as emergencies as well as transfers from other hospitals. Thrombolysis is a ‘clot-busting’ drug used to try and stop more damage to the brain in the early stages of a stroke occurring. This form of treatment is not appropriate for all patients as stroke affects everybody differently.
Studies show that the surroundings that people are cared for in have an impact both on the speed and quality of their recovery. We want to create a healing environment where patients feel safe, comfortable and as relaxed as possible.
Funds raised for the unit get spent on items above NHS provision, which will enhance patient experience, recovery or fund equipment to support the unit. An example of items we have bought on the unit in the past, with funds raised would be; specialist chairs beside each bed that provides patients with the appropriate, comfortable support they need whilst going through recovery.
If you would like to support the Stroke Unit, please contact us on 01582 718289 or email us.
Blood Cancer Treatment Unit
Every year hundreds of patients across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Buckinghamshire are diagnosed with blood cancers, such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Currently there are no facilities in this area to treat these people. Patients with blood cancers who are admitted for other health reasons are put into wards, where the specialist support they need is not readily available.
The Luton and Dunstable University hospital will be installing a new purpose built facility offering patients with blood cancers the treatment they deserve, closer to home. This facility will ensure both inpatients and day patients have access to a dedicated service with specialist medical teams available at all times.
Benefits to the patients: It is very distressing for patients diagnosed with blood cancer to have to travel to Mount Vernon or UCLH for the treatment they need. This can have a significant effect on the patient’s recovery time after being ill or receiving chemotherapy and may also stop family from being able to visit and support their relative as they are so far away.
The new unit will enable the hospital to support inpatient diagnosis of blood cancer immediately after imaging or radiology guided biopsies, which mean faster clinical assessments, better continuity of care and access to onsite specialists for any concerns and questions the patients may have. Staff will also be able to deliver slow infusions for the patients first cycle of chemotherapy and long duration IV infusions which will reduce irritation and complications.
This facility will also permit us to expand our research and clinical trial capacities in this field, which will save many more lives in years to come.
We need your support to purchase comfort items, such as
The Beds and Herts Breast Screening Service is part of the National Breast Screening Programme and provides a free breast screening service for well women aged between 50 and 70, serving residents in all of Bedfordshire and most of Hertfordshire.
On average we screen across the four vans and in the centre 220 women a day, including ultrasound and biopsies. Breast screening aims to find breast cancer at an early stage, to reduce mortality and promote earlier treatment of breast cancers.
We would like to refurbish the waiting areas in the mobile screening units and centre as well as the clinical rooms and counselling room to improve the experience and ensure all women are seen within a comfortable and caring environment.
For more information on how you can get involved or donate please click here.
The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Charitable Fund is a registered charity in England and Wales number: 1058704