Sussex Beacon awarded £4,350 at Rainbow Fund and Pride Business Awards to pay for essential equipment in one of their inpatient unit treatment rooms.
The treatment room is where the medicine and specialist equipment that patients will need during their stay at The Sussex Beacon is stored and is used on a daily basis by nurses to do activities such as preparing a trolley for doing a patient’s dressing or preparing controlled drugs to administer to patients. It also acts as a central storage area for emergency equipment.
The equipment the Beacon will purchase with this grant will help to improve patient care in three key areas:
♦ Allow The Sussex Beacon to fully access patients’ mobility and independence and utilise the skills and knowledge of their occupational therapy and physiotherapy services.
♦ Enhance the standard of care they provide to their patients by giving nurses the equipment they need to administer specialist procedures such as IV medications and fluids. This will allow patients to return to independent living. It will also provide patients with the care and comfort they deserve during end of life care.
♦ Finally, the equipment will make sure that The Sussex Beacon has a treatment room that is fit for purpose, meets clinical standards and allows for the delivery of safe care in a modern environment.
The current treatment room is functional but not fit for purpose. Some of the equipment has broken over time and there has not been the funding to replace it. Other items have not been needed until now, for example, drip stands so that nurses can administer IV medications and fluids.
Patients who are being admitted to The Sussex Beacon have very different needs to when the centre first opened. Their treatment is becoming increasingly complex and many are highly dependent due to the progression of their HIV, the impact of ageing and changes in patients’ health and social status.
The room will be named The Rainbow Fund Treatment Room and a plaque will be put on the door.
Volunteers and staff joined Sussex Beacon CEO Simon Dowe, newly appointed Lead Nurse, Jason Warriner at the award ceremony last night to receive the grant from Alex Matthews, Chair of the Gay Business Forum and St James Street Pub Watch.
The evening was hosted at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel by comedienne Zoe Lyons who is patron of the Rainbow Fund. Hospitality was provided by the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel and production was donated by Matt Constable and Ellis Johnson from Alpha Bass Sound & Light, James Tomlinson, Billie Lewis Productions and Chris Jepson.