Tuesday 24 October, 2017

Rihanna's foundation donates equipment to Queen Elizabeth Hospital

(l-r) Professor Dr. Anne St. John, Consultant with Department of Pediatrics at the QEH; Monica Fenty, representing the Clara Lionel Foundation; Marita Harris, Senior Nursing Officer with responsibility for Women and Children.
(PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

(l-r) Professor Dr. Anne St. John, Consultant with Department of Pediatrics at the QEH; Monica Fenty, representing the Clara Lionel Foundation; Marita Harris, Senior Nursing Officer with responsibility for Women and Children. (PHOTO: Richard Grimes)

The staff of the Pediatrics Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is beaming ear to ear following the donation of much-needed equipment by the Clara Lionel Foundation on Thursday.

The monitor, which is valued at BBD$10,000, is known as a Rad 8 Signal Extraction Pulse Oximeter and is used for monitoring heart rate, pulse and vital signs. It can be used in children from as young as one day old as well as older infants.

Consultant with the Department of Pediatrics, Professor Dr. Anne St. John, said the equipment is a vital part of the machinery needed to monitoring ill children warded at the hospital. She noted ideally the Neonatal Unit of the QEH “could always do with more” as the ward can house up to 20 newborns and one pulse monitor is needed per child. Professor St. John said the donation brings the total of monitors up to 18.

Professor St. John added the Department is appreciative of the invaluable equipment and will work to ensure they get the full use of it.

“The donation is much appreciated in the department. We are always open and happy to have donations because the medical equipment only lasts a certain lifespan. It’s usually five years but we sometimes can get 15 or 20 years out of them.”

Presenting the equipment on behalf of the Clara Lionel Foundation was Monica Fenty, daughter of Lionel and the late Clara Brathwaite and mother of international superstar, Robyn 'Rihanna' Fenty. Fenty said the Foundation is pleased to be part of assisting the QEH in improving the care of young children and babies.