UPDATE 22:09 29/03/2020:
However, following the tragic news today of the death of our ENT colleague Amged El-Hawrani we are even more focussed in our aims for this crowdfunder to work.
We are NHS doctors serving patients in Yorkshire, Teesside and County Durham. We are Dr David Whitehead (Consultant ENT Surgeon) and Dr David Lowe (Consultant ENT Surgeon).
Our aim to raise funds and source medical equipment for those who need it the most nationally.
We have personally and unexpectedly become greatly involved in treating those with COVID-19 and have treated patients in our dedicated NHS COVID-19 operating theatre. We are conscious that events in London will soon be mirrored around the UK. That’s why we are pivoting to support our colleagues nationally.
We are a fighting lot and we are here to help you.
There are two particular ways ENT surgeons are called on for the COVID-19 patient:
(a) to examine a critically ill suspected COVID-19 patients using a flexible fiberoptic nasal endoscope; and
(b) to perform a tracheostomy to get the patient off a ventilator and out of ICU as soon as possible.
We need disposable scopes in all ENT departments in the UK to minimise the risk of cross contamination and improve efficiency.
These have the potential to save lives
Each flexible single-use video endoscope costs between £110 and £150 and requires a reusable monitor.
AIM: To raise money for scopes (between £100 - £150 each) and monitors for every ENT Departments nationwide to help the sickest COVID-19 patients with airway problems.
IMPACT: Your donation will go right to the heart of managing these NHS patients with our colleagues in ICU and HDU.
There is other equipment that can also help and we would also like to fund the following :
1. Proven rapid sanitising technology (including far-UVC light) to inactivate aerosolised viruses and which is used to decontaminate masks.
2. Oxygen concentrators for home use in the elderly.
3. Ventilated headboards that draw exhaled air from a patient in bed into a HEPA filter, decreasing risk of exposure for healthcare workers and providing surge isolation capacity in a variety of environments.
4. Tele-medicine solutions for frontline staff to reduce exposure to COVID-19.
We have established contacts that will supply this equipment. We are Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons and members of ENT UK and understand how this equipment can be best used in the circumstances.
The time to act is NOW.
Thank you so much for reading this and please consider making a donation. We are so grateful.
NOTE: Following the publication of a joint letter from Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Public Health England and NHS England we feel that the provision of Personal Protective Equipment PPE is now improving. Please note that we are civil servants and we will at all times work to compliment NHS offering.