Funding vital research

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters Nottingham Hospitals Charity has been able to contribute £1.2 Million towards innovative research projects over the last six years.

The Charity have supported the Research Advisory Committee since May 2009 and have funded research in areas, such as; neonatal/premature Babies; domestic abuse; gynaecology; gastroenterology/digestive diseases & thoracics; MS; various cancers; hearing; COPD; Dialysis and renal.

Some of the more unusual studies the Charity have funded included; ‘risk factors for allergic disease in Cuba: a society in transition’; disinfection; Malaria; infection control (children & visitor’s hand hygiene)

Some of the highlights are below:

Kick starting local research projects

This year the Charity granted £250,000 for seed funding towards small research projects. The grants were given to projects that may otherwise not receive funding.

Studies that received seed funding all demonstrate a benefit to patients, and once kick started with the help of our grants, have the potential to attract further funding from elsewhere. So far, this has resulted in the generation of a further £6.8 in grants from outside sources (Charity granted £103,239.00 over six years).

The grants include a project looking at developing interactive audio-visual materials to improve communication for hearing aid users, a study to reduce spasms and intestinal paralysis for Crohn’s disease sufferers and a project to improve the oxygen saturation for premature babies.

Revolutionising treatment for breast cancer patients

The Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Appeal funds the trial and delivery of new treatments to breast cancer patients at Nottingham’s hospitals and beyond.

Led by Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Dr Stephen Chan, the research team’s ultimate goal is to save lives by providing cutting edge new drug treatments, putting Nottingham on the map for breast cancer research and treatment, providing the best possible care for cancer patients.

The appeal needs to raise £50,000 each year. So far, over £150,000 has been raised to help investigate ways for early detection, diagnosis and more targeted treatment of breast cancer. The work of Dr Chan and his team is already receiving national acclaim – but there is always more to do.

Helping patients find their way around the hospitals

Hospitals can be large and complex environments – this year the charity funded a project which aims to make it easier for patients, staff and visitors to find their way around Nottingham hospitals.

The study called ‘Navigation in Large Hospitals’ is collaboration between Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute at Nottingham University and Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust.

The aim of the project is to identify issues that impact on the people visiting and working in hospitals and recommendations to make this a better experience.