A Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Patients have to wait for a specialist clinic whilst they wait, they are unable to eat or drink and will have a feeding tube inserted, often an uncomfortable procedure. A FEES machine would enable the hospital to provide bedside support.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
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Gerry ended up in the RUH after a fall. Despite the incredible care he received, we said goodbye to him after a difficult three weeks. He was a wonderful husband and father. The saddest thing for us as a family was to see this bright and talkative man lose his ability to eat, swallow, and speak.
By having this portable machine at the RUH it will allow us to provide a gold standard level of care for our most vulnerable patients.
Many people can develop swallowing difficulties as a result of conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, respiratory conditions and head and neck cancer. When they eat or drink they can experience coughing and/or choking . Patients are having to wait for a weekly clinic to be assessed, meaning they often are left unable to eat or drink whilst they wait, meaning patients must have a feeding tube to keep them alive.
By funding a FEES machine which is portable so our therapists can be trained to assess their patients without delay at their bedside. This would remove the need to send them for an x-ray and have a feeding tube. Patients’ well-being would improve and our therapists would be able to recommend appropriate treatment straight away.
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