What we're fundraising for

We’re aiming to raise at least £1million this year to enhance care for patients across all Wards and Departments at Salisbury District Hospital and support the NHS staff who care for them. Here are some examples of projects we’re fundraising for this calendar year:

Coronavirus

  • Find out more about how we are helping here

Cancer Patients

  • £65,000 to provide support to over 2,000 local people undergoing cancer treatment on the Pembroke Unit (ward and chemotherapy suite) by funding aromatherapy, headwear for patients losing their hair, free refreshments, swimming sessions, prehabilitation to help patients prepare for surgery and treatment, contributing towards wellbeing groups and improving the patient environment with enhanced furnishings and decor **
  • £10,000 to maintain and enhance the award winning patient-focused environment in the Stars Appeal Breast Unit and continue to provide the very latest diagnostic and treatment equipment **

Babies, Children and their families

  • £10,000 to maintain the Stars Appeal Benson Suite and support families that need to use it **
  • £260,000 to help create and enhance a new birthing centre where mums, babies and their families will benefit from an enhanced environment and outside space *
  • £25,000 to provide free accommodation and home comforts for up to 250 families whose babies are being treated on the Neonatal Unit having been born prematurely or critically ill and other enhancements including state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment, virtual visiting and play facilities for siblings **
  • £50,000 to maintain and enhance the child-friendly environment in the Sarum Children’s Ward and Squire’s Outpatient Unit, ensure parents can stay in a proper bed next to their unwell child or in the dedicated parents’ flat, fund state-of-the-art treatment and diagnostic equipment, funding the Stars Appeal Play Assistant, and buy toys and games **
  • £16,000 to fund reclining sleeper chairs for the partners of women in labour
  • £25,000 to expand our Neonatal Unit family accommodation to ensure every mother can stay with their baby in Hospital and to provide additional space for breastfeeding clinics and other support *
  • £45,000 to fund a Stars Appeal baby bereavement nurse and other support for bereaved families following the death of their baby and to offer support during subsequent pregnancies **

Older Patients

  • £65,000 to support over 10,000 older people and people with dementia in wards across the Hospital by providing activities such as music, storytelling, dance, reading and playing games, as well as companionship and social activities like trips away from the ward through our Elevate and Engage projects **
  • £5,000 to fund equipment, support and rehabilitation for Stroke Patients being treated on Farley Stroke Unit*

Heart Patients

For Every Patient

  • £30,000 to fund free Stars Appeal Wi-Fi for all patients, staff and visitors **
  • £50,000 to help fund a 24/7 Hospital Chaplaincy service providing vital support to patients and families at the most difficult of times **
  • £9,000 to provide Stars Appeal toiletry packs to patients arriving at hospital in an emergency
  • £86,000 to fund Artcare, the Hospital’s Arts Project which enhances the hospital environment for patients and staff through interior design and art projects **
  • £100,000 to fund a range of advanced treatment and diagnostic equipment and building enhancements across the hospital *
  • £3,000 to fund water coolers providing chilled, filtered water to patients and staff in 30 frontline wards and departments **
  • £15,000 to maintain and create Stars Appeal gardens and other outdoor spaces for the benefit of patients, visitors and staff **
  • £3,000 to ensure every patient alone in hospital on Christmas Day receives a present **

Patients in other areas of our hospital

  • £75,000 to purchase a Firbroscanner, a specialist liver scanner that enables the early identification of the risk of liver disease*
  • £20,000 to fund the Stars Appeal Spinal Unit Recreation Service which provides vital days out and social activities to patients spending many months in hospital trying to come to terms with life-changing injuries that have often resulted in permanent paralysis **
  • £5,000 to continue providing enhanced beverage trolleys in wards across the hospital **
  • £10,000 to enhance care on Radnor Intensive Care Unit by providing additional equipment and facilities **
  • £10,000 to support Burns and Plastics patients on the Odstock Burns and Plastics Ward by providing additional equipment and facilities **
  • £20,000 to fund a dedicated bathroom for the more independent patients on Radnor Intensive Care Unit to aid their rehabilitation, independence and recovery *

Salisbury Hospital’s NHS staff

  • £70,000 to provide support to staff including a dedicated staff counsellor and physiotherapist along with wellbeing groups and peer support and break-out sessions **
  • £100,000 to help front-line staff by providing additional training, education and support to help them deliver the very best care to their patients **
  • £100,000 for Simulation Training, including the provision of state-of-the-art patient simulators and the funding of a dedicated Simulation Technician to provide a virtual treatment environment that enables staff to develop their skills to the highest possible level **

Projects marked * are one-off items which we hope to fund during this year. Projects marked ** are ongoing and we aim to raise this amount of money each year to sustain them.

Should the amount we raise for the items listed above be insufficient we may not be able to fund all of these projects in which case we will fund those that are considered the highest priority. Should we raise more than the amount required, we will fund additional projects that enhance care for local people being treated at Salisbury District Hospital. If you wish to support one of these projects specifically, find out more, learn about other projects we are funding this year or wish to suggest projects we should be funding please contact us.

Major projects and other work we have previously funded

In addition to aiming to raise at least £1million each year for projects like those detailed above from time-to-time, the Stars Appeal raises funds for very large one-off projects. These have included:

Just some examples of other Stars Appeal projects that are now in place and helping local people include:

  • £15,000 to buy a new medical image recording device for the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department enhancing care for patients by enabling the viewing and capture of endoscopic images in high definition for ENT patients such as those with cancer and voice problems
  • £26,000 for a dedicated ultrasound machine for Rheumatology patients who can have Ultrasound scans in clinic rather than being referred for a scan at another time
  • £105,000 to enhance the Wessex Rehabilitation Centre and fund new facilities including an anti-gravity treadmill, bouldering wall and therapy kitchen to provide patients with severe limb injuries and chronic pain with the very best therapy
  • £60,000 for a highly advanced Topographer machine for the Eye Clinic meaning eye patients can have the latest treatment in Salisbury without having to travel to other hospitals
  • £15,000 for a computerised CTG machine to enable enhanced monitoring of unborn babies and their mothers
  • £23,000 for a dedicated Neonatal Unit ultrasound scanner so that premature babies requiring brain scans or scans to check hips for dislocation risk can be scanned here rather than transferred to Southampton or elsewhere
  • £5,000 to fund the Stars Appeal Foot Care Service offering free foot care to long stay patients on the elderly care wards
  • £42,000 to create a state-of the-art motion capture gait lab where the needs of patients with difficulty walking can be analysed and where they can be helped to walk more easily and without pain
  • £30,000 for a fluorescence microscope to enhance Salisbury Hospital’s Genetics Department research into cancer including leukaemia and bladder cancer
  • £120,000 for treatment and diagnostic equipment in the Neonatal (special care baby) Unit
  • £90,000 to fund a highly advanced 3D cone beam head scanner for Oral Maxillo Facial Surgery
  • £100,000 to create and enhance the environment in the new Eye Clinic
  • £11,500 for upgraded Pembroke Unit Chemotherapy furniture making cancer patients time in hospital more comfortable
  • £65,000 to fund a state-of-the-art Faxitron machine providing faster diagnosis for breast cancer patients
  • £16,000 to create a garden of Reflection and Rehabilitation to help heal patients and their families both physically and mentally
  • £9,000 to refurbish the day room and create a new garden on Breamore Ward
  • £60,000 towards the creation of the dedicated Bereavement Suite
  • £10,000 to create a patients’ lounge in the Spinal Unit
  • £3,000 to create a Registrar’s office where people can easily register births and deaths whilst at the hospital
  • £15,000 for dedicated ultrasound machine for Prostate Cancer patients in the Urology Department
  • £55,000 to equip community midwifes with portable bilirubin (Jaundice) meters
  • £25,000 for advanced rehabilitation equipment for Stroke Patients
  • £24,000 to fund a research project to help people with a spinal cord injury
  • £66,000 to fund beverage trolleys for 18 wards
  • £11,000 to fund a siblings playground on the Neonatal (special care baby) Unit
  • £170,000 to fund state-of-the-art equipment to bring new Endobronchial Ultrasound and Thoracoscopy lung cancer diagnostic procedures to Salisbury meaning patients can be diagnosed more quickly and no longer have to travel to bigger specialist hospitals

This is just a selection of the projects that the Stars Appeal has funded since our launch in 2007. We never forget that we couldn’t do any of this without our brilliant donors, fundraisers and those that so kindly remember the Stars Appeal in their Wills – Thank you.

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