MedEquip4Kids donates new cognitive testing kits to children’s HIV clinic at North Manchester General Hospital

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MedEquip4Kids donates new cognitive testing kits to children’s HIV clinic at North Manchester General Hospital
30 March 2015

Staff working in the children’s HIV clinic at North Manchester General Hospital were over the moon to receive a new set of specialist cognitive testing kits, kindly donated by local children’s charity MedEquip4Kids.

The new Pearson kits, worth in the region of £2,500, were handed over to grateful staff at a special event to say thank you to MedEquip4Kids, which was held on Friday 13th March 2015 at the children’s HIV clinic, part of children’s outpatients.

MedEquip4Kids agreed to help the children’s HIV clinic by raising funds to provide testing kits to help assess children with possible developmental delay and learning difficulties. The equipment purchase was funded by charitable trusts, students from The University of Manchester and Whitecroft Lighting, a company based in Ashton under Lyne.

The cognitive tests can be used with children between the ages of 6 and 16 and assess levels of general ability, academic ability and attention. The scores from the tests identify whether children have learning issues and need additional support in school. They are also used to inform care planning.

Paddy McMaster, consultant paediatrician in infectious diseases at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“I would just like to say a big thanks to MedEquip4Kids for its generous donation. Some studies show that children infected with HIV at birth have a higher risk of delays in various aspects of their development due to the damage HIV can cause to the brain. These new kits will make a big difference as we will be able to carry out accurate testing and factor the results into our care pathways.”

Ghazala Baig, chief executive of MedEquip4Kids said:

“Thank you so much to all our donors for helping us raise the funds for this equipment. We are really pleased to be able to visit the clinic at North Manchester General Hospital, meet the staff and find out about the incredible work that goes on here, and it’s great that we were able to help improve the treatment that children with HIV receive in the North West.”

The testing kits that were donated are the (WISC-IV), Wechsler Individual Achievement Scale (WIAT-II) and Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch).

North Manchester General Hospital is part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which also runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and Rochdale Infirmary.

MedEquip4Kids improves the health of children and babies in the north of England by providing equipment not available from limited NHS resources. The charity believes every child should have access to the best medical care when they need it most.

To find out more about the work of MedEquip4Kids please call 0161 798 1600 or visit www.medequip4kids.org.uk

Pictured: Top row left to right: Debbie Downward (children’s outpatients sister), Paddy McMaster (consultant paediatric infectious diseases),Gill Burdaky (paediatric play specialist), Andrew Braithwaite (Whitecroft Lighting).

Bottom row left to right: Jackie Nicholson (paediatric psychologist), Sarah Lennox (Barnardos), Ghazala Baig (MedEquip4Kids).