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Antiques evening funds new heart monitor for Bolham Ward


An evening of antiques and entertainment at independent restaurant Lloyd’s Kitchen in Exeter has helped to fund the purchase of a heart monitor for Bolham Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The £5,000 portable heart monitor, part funded by the event, has been donated to Bolham in memory of former patient Patrick Tilbury, who was cared for on the ward from October 2015 until January 2016 when he sadly passed away. Since then, Patrick’s parents Barbara and David Tilbury have been supporting the neurological ward by fundraising for a whole range of new equipment to further enhance the high quality of care provided to patients and their relatives on Bolham. 

The charity evening, held late last year, saw guests enjoy a Call My Bluff style quiz organised by Nic Saintey, Director of Exeter auction house Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood , who also donated bottles of prosecco for the winners, and a big raffle organised by Mrs Tilbury with many fantastic prizes kindly donated by local people and businesses. There was also an opportunity to get a free valuation for their antique items on the night from the local auctioneers. The food and drink was also kindly provided free of charge by restaurant owner Lloyd Gardner.   

Lloyd Gardner and Nic Saintey were recently joined by David Tilbury, Consultant Dr Gormley and MP for Exeter and supporter of the Tilburys fundraising efforts Ben Bradshaw on a visit to Bolham Ward to see the new piece of equipment in action. Mrs Tilbury was unfortunately unable to attend due to ill health.   

The new heart machine is used to monitor a patient’s heart rate and also measures blood pressure, pulse rate, respirations and oxygen saturations.

Cynthia Lumbwe, Acting Matron on Bolham, explained: “We are extremely grateful for this new piece of equipment. This portable monitor is particularly useful for a neurological ward like us as it enables staff to monitor a patient’s heart rate when administering certain drugs or when they are being transferred to CT or MRI scans, and gives us reassurance that the patient remains stable. We’d like to say a big thank you to Mr and Mrs Tilbury, Lloyd’s Kitchen, Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and to everyone who supported the charity evening for their support.”  

Lloyd Gardner, who volunteered to host the evening at his restaurant, said: “I was delighted to be asked to help support and put on such a great and beneficial event for such a worthy cause. I hope the heart monitor purchased will benefit the nurses and patients on Bolham Ward in the future.”

Added 07 November 2017

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