Back on 6 May 2016 the following update was posted on our Facebook page: Thanks to the Charles Benjamin Wilson Bequest and the board of trustees, the Regiment was able to donate £5,400 to Salisbury District Hospital’s STARS appeal. The money will be used to buy a new Qube monitor with rolling stand and Wi-Fi for the Laverstock Ward. This highly advanced piece of equipment will enable the provision of the very highest standards of monitoring to military personnel being cared for on Salisbury Hospital’s Reconstruction Unit and has specific use for limbless personnel.
Well, the Unit has now sent us their thanks and a photo with their new Qube!
Instead of writing an article, here are the kind words from Helen Whateley, the Senior Sister of Livestock Ward, and Miss Alex Crick, Consultant Surgeon:
"On behalf of all the patients and staff on Laverstock ward a big, big thank you for our new Qube. It has enabled us to easily monitor our microsurgery patients, who include those from the armed forces, letting them safely get much needed sleep. It is now a vital piece of monitoring equipment on the ward and can show us the internal temperature of our patients on an easy to read touchscreen. We have also used it for cardiac monitoring which previously we would have had to borrow equipment from another ward, this has proved most helpful and time saving. Miss Crick (pictured in green) is one of our microsurgeons and is very impressed and grateful with the equipment.
We feel very lucky to have this Qube and it will continue to help patients sleep and recover knowing they are receiving up to date and constant monitoring.
Thank you so much and do not hesitate to get in touch further down the line to see how we are using the Qube." Helen Whateley.
"As a regional specialty looking after the major trauma centre in Southampton, we undertake a large volume of microsurgical reconstructions, most frequently for trauma and the consequences of trauma. Monitoring of the patient and of the free flap is essential because if problems are identified early then the reconstruction can be salvaged. Monitoring of the patient’s core temperature via in indwelling bladder catheter once the patient has returned to the ward is very useful and only possible with the Qube. I and my consultant colleagues are delighted to have use of the Qube to help maintain the very high standard of care to patients, including military personnel, delivered by the staff on Laverstock Ward." Miss Alex Crick.
A (xHx) Sqn have just returned from a range package conducted at Lydd and Hythe ranges, where they spent the week learning and revising a variety of dismounted close combat skills. The Squadron was split down into sections of eight and carried out a live-fire training progression that culminated in a full section attack.
While there was a grenade range, the highlight for most was the house clearance on the final day. Everyone had their rifle converted to fire ‘simunition’, which is similar to paint ball. While the officers acted as enemy each section took their turn to attack the position. The fighting was at close-quarters and fast-paced, and left many sporting healthy bruises to show off on the beach over summer leave.
KRH Association and serving members of the regiment.