A charity has presented a Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals with funding for air purification technology which improves the air quality for patients on wards and reduce the risk of COVID-19.
The League of Friends (LoF) of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) has gifted nearly £12,000 for the air purification units.
Funding paid for four purifiers at RSH and The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) bought four for the Princess Royal Hospital site in Telford. Inivos Ltd, the company which supplies the purifiers, also donated two machines – one for each hospital site.
The portable AIRQON COMBI-1200 HEPA and UV-C air purification systems were introduced to improve air quality and maintain patient safety, by preventing further outbreaks of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections.
The LoF Executive Chairman Richard Steventon made the presentation to Hayley Flavell, SaTH’s Director of Nursing, and Janette Pritchard, Lead Nurse Infection Prevention and Control.
Hayley said: “Thank you to the League of Friends for its generous donation, which has helped our Trust to buy these air filters. The portable filters will make such a difference to patients in our care and have shown that they can reduce the number of COVID-19 cases.”
Richard Steventon said: “The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends is pleased to have funded air infection filters for the RSH which are already in full use. They improve air quality, prevent outbreaks of viruses, reduce and dilute potential infections following an aerosol-generating procedure making the environment safer for the patients.
Many thanks to all those who have contributed to our funds with donations or volunteering support in our shops and at our fundraising event days”.
“Our core vision is to eliminate the opportunity for anyone to acquire a healthcare associated infection, so providing our AIRQON COMBI-1200s to the Trust is a big step in the right direction. It’s been great to hear how well received the units have been and that the Trust has already seen a reduction in COVID-19 cases in areas the units have been used. We look forward to continuing to support SaTH with their infection control needs and ultimately help them to deliver better care, faster.” Grant Lyon, Regional Manager at Inivos.