Fundraising for Gynaecology
Birmingham Women’s Gynaecology service is one of the largest such departments in the country and provides expert services to women from across the West Midlands and wider. Many of the staff within the directorate are opinion leaders both nationally and internationally.
Each year we perform over 3000 operations and on average now see over 2000 new referrals a month.
We have many exciting services coming on line such as the extended recovery unit, which allows us to look after a greater number of women with complex medical conditions requiring surgery. We are also pioneering moving surgery from theatre to out patient or ambulatory setting. One of our key objectives is bringing down the barriers to patients getting seen and our urgent care service means that more women can be seen when they have a problem not having to wait weeks for an appointment. This service has just spent over £60,000 on a new ultrasound machine that means more women can be scanned when they are seen meaning a full assessment at the time they are seen rather than having to return for a scan and then another appointment.
Areas where we need money
Vital theatre equipment. Each year we have to upgrade and replace that allows us to undertake keyhole surgery saving on recovery time after the operation and getting people back on their feet quicker, saving time and money for the economy.
Computer systems. Many of our services utilise computers and databases that allow us to better monitor how we are doing and audit our results over and above the NHS standard. These need upgrading to allow the latest developments to further improve what we do.
Research. Most of our NHS consultants also carry a research portfolio in their “spare” time (2 hold department of health HTA grants for over £1M) and our research programmes cost a lot to run. Several of the Doctors and Nurses have to find funding to cover their salaries with no permanent funding stream.
Replacing and upgrading ward and outpatient facilities We often rely on charitable donations to upgrade equipment as the capital budget often does not stretch to replace 'non-urgent' equipment replacement
Other ways YOU can help:
- Join the volunteers. We are always looking for people who can help with either clerical jobs (both in clinical and research roles)
- Join the Foundation Trust as a member. Have your say and help shape your local services. It gives you a chance to raise the profile of your local hospital!