Students’ kindness protects lives of youngest patients

Date: 29 March 2017

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Generous students from Tauheedul Islam Girls High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS) are helping East Lancashire’s youngest and most fragile hospital patients by donating lifesaving medical equipment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

And last week, a group of Year 12 TIGHS students visited the NICU to meet parents, staff and babies, and hand over six state-of-the-art pulse-oximeters funded by the school’s impressive £3,812 donation and the support of leading medical technology company, Masimo.

"Support from our local community is very important to the Trust and I want to thank everyone at Tauheedul Islam Girls High School who worked so hard to raise such a large amount of money for the NICU,” said East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) Director of Communications, Christine Hughes. 

Last November, TIGHS students presented a cheque for £1,843 to East Lancashire Hospital’s new charity, ELHT&Me during their Enterprise Week, when students set up businesses to produce and sell goods. Just four months later and students had raised a further £1,969 during their Intersociety competition where 6th Form societies compete to deliver a range of activities for younger students and staff.

Kam Kothia, Chair of Governors at the school, said: ‘Each year, our students raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.   Supporting others who are poorly is a key part of our faith ethos and mission for character development, so we are delighted to be able to make this donation to such a worthy cause.’

‘We are very grateful to the school and the students for such a large donation which means the NICU can upgrade to the most up to date equipment for the needs of our babies,” says NICU Matron, Caroline Cowman.

“Pulse-oximeters measure pulse-rate and the amount of oxygen in baby’s blood,” says ELHT Medical Equipment Manager, Arif Patel.

“These machines continuously monitor the level of oxygen in the blood and alarm when this becomes low. Having an early warning is crucial: once a baby starts becoming short of oxygen, we have to act quickly to prevent serious damage to their health.”

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    Generous students from Tauheedul Islam Girls High School and Sixth Form College (TIGHS) are helping East Lancashire’s youngest and most fragile hospital patients by donating lifesaving medical equipment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

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