Somerset Lions Fund Baby Pod

April 22, 2015 by Lara Lucas
Pictured:  Members from the Lions Clubs across Somerset present £7,600 to the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at the charity’s airbase on 10th April 2015.

Pictured: Members from the Lions Clubs across Somerset present £7,600 to the crew of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance at the charity’s airbase on 10th April 2015.

Members of the Lions Clubs from Wells, Yeovil, Ilminster, Glastonbury and Street have raised £7,600 for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance. The fundraising campaign aimed to raise enough funds for the charity to purchase a specialist ‘baby pod’ which will be used to provide inter-hospital transfers of critically ill children.

Within the South and South West regions of England, critically ill and injured children receive specialist care within two centres – Bristol Children’s Hospital and Southampton Children’s Hospital. Both children’s hospitals have specific retrieval teams for safely moving children from district general hospitals to their specialist centres.

The Baby Pod 2 infant transport device will enhance the service provided by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and enable their critical care team of doctors and paramedics to safely transport small infants in a similar manner as specialist retrieval teams.

Baby Pod2The device will integrate with existing stretcher systems currently used on board the helicopter and weighs approximately 9kg. It consists of a light weight carbon fibre outer shell, transparent shields for viewing the patient, vacuum mattress with safety straps and a shock absorbent foam inner layer which ensures that the infant is transported safely and securely.

The money raised by the Lions Clubs will be used to purchase the Baby Pod 2 (approximately £5,000), an initial supply of warming pads for the Pod and its integration into the aircraft.

Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We cannot thank the Lions Club enough. Their generous donation will help us to make a significant contribution to the lives of a very vulnerable group of patients. The purchase of the Baby Pod 2 will make such a difference to so many lives and once again highlights our continued drive for providing clinical excellence to the patients we serve.

“We are currently working with the paediatric retrieval teams at Southampton General Hospital and Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to ensure that all aspects of clinical and aviation safety are in place and anticipate that the Baby Pod will be brought into use later this year, once all the clearances have been completed.”

To view footage of how the use of a baby pod by Lee Solent Coastguard helped save the life of a critically ill 6 week old infant click here