Generous donations enabled the purchase of a Sherlock 3CG machine at King’s College Hospital. This helps to insert cannulas and PICC lines – which apply chemotherapy drugs intravenously – more effectively, meaning patients experience more comfortable treatment.
Kevin describes the new machine as like a sat-nav device in the way it can see where the PICC is going and confirm the location.
“This technology means we do not require chest X-rays as part of the process to confirm the PICC location, so we no longer have to expose people to unnecessary radiation. It also drastically reduces the cost because we’re not using these extra facilities and it’s a better patient experience because the machine is mobile and can be used anywhere.”
“The funding has enabled us to demonstrate to the NHS that these are valuable pieces of equipment so they can hopefully be fully funded in the future. We don’t want to be trapped in time where we’re slightly behind; we want to be forward thinking and moving the service forward.”