Money helps fund vital hi-tech equipment this year

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AFTER the success of this year's run the hospital has been able to buy some much needed new equipment.

Two open incubators have been bought for babies in the paediatric intensive care unit and an ultrasound machine for minimally invasive surgery on children, meaning children don't have to spend as much time in hospital recovering from operations.

The money will also fund a 3-D pain distraction system. This piece of equipment calms and relaxes children during painful physiotherapy and rehabilitation sessions.

It can also entertain groups of children, helping them to forget they are in hospital.

The hospital is also funding a pro-magnetic cell sorting machine, which separates cells from the blood using a magnet.

The machine will be used for research into childhood immunisation by the Oxford Vaccine Group.

The group's ultimate goal is to protect children from diseases like meningitis and septicaemia.

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