We continue to fundraise for the Speech and Language Therapy Special Appeal. Our aim is to purchase a portable machine that will enable our speech and language therapists provide rapid assessments to patients who have swallowing difficulties.
The machine which can be easily used at a patient’s bedside will be a game-changer for patients with COVID-19 as well as benefit patients who have problems swallowing as a result of conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, dementia or from having a stroke.
Make one donation and see it doubled in The Big Give Christmas Challenge
We’re taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020 and during the week of 1 – 8 December donations made to this appeal will be doubled. This is a fantastic opportunity to help us reach our goal to purchase this machine. A gift of any size will be greatly received and will help us make a difference to these patients.
Donations can be made from 12pm on 1st December here: https://bit.ly/3lA8Ovf
Claire Young, Speech and Language Therapist at the RUH said: “Patients who have been on a ventilator from COVID -19 have a 30% chance of suffering from swallowing difficulties. A person with a healthy pair of lungs can cope with a bit of food and drink going the wrong way and it might not be the end of the world if they can cough it out. But when someone has COVID-19 their lung function is really poor and they may have trouble coordinating their breathing and swallowing, making them very vulnerable. A swallowing assessment is really important in coronavirus care for that reason.
“Patients who require ongoing respiratory support may struggle with eating and drinking safely and currently the only option to assess these patients is for them to have a special type of x-ray. However, this is not possible for a patient in intensive care as they cannot leave that environment. But the machine our charity is fundraising for would allow a therapist to assess their swallowing without delay and treatment can be recommended straight away, helping patients recover sooner and be discharged from intensive care.”
For details about the Speech and Language Therapy Appeal please click here.