Fortis donation of £26k machine could help save lives at Alder Hey

23rd September 2016

Children undergoing surgery at Alder Hey Children’s hospital will benefit from a new and potentially life-saving ultrasound machine donated by a North West-based property company.

Fortis Developments has funded the purchase of the £26,000 machine which allows anaesthetists to safely place cannulae into the major veins of the body to deliver lifesaving drugs and monitor heart function.  More frequently the ultrasound machine will aid anaesthetists in providing safer and more effective pain relief for thousands of children every year. The machine allows the anaesthetist to see the patient’s nerves and safely inject local anaesthetic around the nerve. In rare circumstances the US machine can be used to diagnose life threating conditions during surgery.

Darren McClellan, Director at Fortis Developments who comes from Liverpool, said: “The purchase of the ultrasound machine was a way to support Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s amazing work and help the young patients in their care. We see this as the start of a longer-term relationship between Fortis and Alder Hey and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Dr Steve Roberts, a Lead Anaesthetist at the hospital, said: “Anaesthetists are required to perform invasive and complicated procedures. Traditionally these were performed 'by feel', but the relatively recent application of ultrasound has made a huge difference.  Being able to see under the skin of the patient, we can now avoid many potentially life-threatening complications and improve pain control.

“Thanks to this donation, we can now guarantee that every child can benefit from the advantages of this new technique and is cared for to the highest standard.”

Fortis Developments has a growing presence in Liverpool and currently has apartments at Silkhouse Court in Tithebarn Street, as well as luxury student accommodation at Young Village and Stanley Court.

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Fortis donation of £26k machine could help save lives at Alder Hey