New Ventilators to help people with respiratory problems at home

The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital have donated 4 ventilators to the home ventilation service to help people in their own home with chronic respiratory failure.

Home ventilation service supports patients with chronic respiratory failure in their home. The service helps patients to stay at home and avoid admission to hospital. The ventilators are small and used at the bed side to help control a patients breathing, allowing for a better quality of life. They can also be used to help some patients leave hospital earlier to return home.

Georgie Luxford Senior Specialist Respiratory Practitioner, Home NIV lead nurse said: “We are so grateful for this kind donation by all the Friends. These small machines are used in people’s homes helping to prevent unnecessary admission into hospital or by helping them return home from hospital earlier. Thanks to getting these new machines many very disabled and dying patients can continue to be treated locally instead of needing to travel backwards and forwards to London for treatment, or even worse, refusing ongoing treatment in order to avoid a prolonged and often uncomfortable travel.”

Patients who develop chronic respiratory failure (type 2) will either be at end stage Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), morbidly obesity, have severe sleep apnoea, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular weakness or chest wall deformity.