Bury St Edmunds school helping hospital raise funds for vital paediatric machine

Pupils at South Lee School in Bury St Edmunds have been raising money for a piece of equipment to treat childhood asthma for West Suffolk Hospital's children's ward. ANL-151222-155207001
Pupils at South Lee School in Bury St Edmunds have been raising money for a piece of equipment to treat childhood asthma for West Suffolk Hospital's children's ward. ANL-151222-155207001
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Children at a Bury St Edmunds school have pledged to fund-raise for a vital piece of equipment to treat asthma for a local children’s ward.

Students at South Lee School have begun raising money to help West Suffolk Hospital purchase a Niox machine, which can tell if a young patient has inflammation in their airways.

Mervyn Watch, headteacher at South Lee, said as a ‘lifelong asthmatic’, he knew ‘how important’ the machine is.

“We encourage philanthropy at the school as we want children to put back into society, now and when they are adults,” he said.

“The proximity of the hospital to our school means we have parents who work there and we want to support them.”

According to Liz Honeywood, paediatric respiratory nurse specialist at West Suffolk Hospital, the Niox machine will help in the ‘diagnosis and management’ of paediatric asthma, the most common reason for emergency admissions to the children’s ward.

She said: “We are very grateful to South Lee School for supporting us in trying to raise the profile of paediatric asthma.

“Unfortunately children are still dying from this chronic condition.

“This new piece of equipment will help us in the diagnosis and management of our paediatric asthma patients, enabling us to teach the children and their carers the best way to manage their conditions.”

South Lee has shown support for West Suffolk Hospital in the past, including helping with its 40th anniversary fund-raiser and helping to decorate a consultancy room for the Rainbow Ward.