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Tiny Tickers donates life-saving machines to help Herefordshire babies

Press release – 15 May 2020

Tiny Tickers donates life-saving machines to help Herefordshire babies

Hereford County Hospital has received nine life-saving pulse oximetry machines, thanks to the generous support of Tiny Tickers, a charity that aims to give a better start to tiny hearts. 

A baby is born with a serious heart condition every two hours in the UK. However, not all congenital heart defects can be detected during routine prenatal scanning and some babies are at risk of falling into the early stage of heart failure if their condition is not diagnosed in time.

These simple monitors, which can help detect serious heart conditions soon after birth, will be used by paediatricians and midwives to help improve early detection rates of congenital heart disease (CHD) for new born babies born at Hereford County Hospital.

The nine monitors were generously funded by The Keith Coombs Trust.  Anthony Coombes from the Trust, said: “The Keith Coombs Trust is very proud to support Tiny Tickers and the invaluable and heart-warming work it does with children to make possible the lives most of us can happily take for granted”.

Cathryn Seagrave, paediatric consultants at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “Having been involved in the pulse-ox trial as a trainee I saw how this improved the pick-up of both congenital heart disease and sepsis earlier and strongly believe this an important screening test for babies and this generous donation means we can continue to offer this vital testing to babies born in Herefordshire”.

Tiny Tickers, the national charity that aims to improve early detection, diagnosis and care of babies with heart conditions, wants to change this situation in the UK. 

Jon Arnold, Chief Executive from Tiny Tickers said: “We are truly delighted that we are able to help in this way and hope that it supports the team to continue to provide the best possible care for babies on the unit”.

Ally Lewis, transitional care support worker at WVT, and new born baby Erin Callachan, with the pulse oximetry machine in use on the maternity ward at Hereford County Hospital. 

Baby Oximeter 2 



Note to Editors

  • Photography and video footage available.
  • Further case study information is available.
  • Quotes and interviews with cardiac specialists and parents are available
  • Example images of the machines - more images available on request.

Please contact Katie Lawson, Head of Fundraising & Comms, Tiny Tickers katie@tinytickers.org  07733 034533

Email: info@tinytickers.org
Twitter @tinytickers
Facebook @tinytickers

About Tiny Tickers
Tiny Tickers, a national charity, was founded in 1999 by world-renowned fetal cardiologist Dr Helena Gardiner, when she realised many of the babies she was caring for could have been helped earlier. It helps babies with congenital heart disease (CHD), their families and the health professionals who look after them. We want every baby with a serious heart condition to have the best chance of survival and quality of life.

Tiny Tickers aims to:

-        Improve detection and diagnosis of CHD

-        Educate and support health professionals

-        Advance treatment and care of patients

-        Improve experience of families affected by CHD

Other Key Info

  • Tiny Tickers CEO, Jon Arnold, has written a blog detailing our Pulse Ox project here: https://www.tinytickers.org/2018/08/16/the-pulse-oximetry-test-for-every-tiny-ticker/
  • Tiny Tickers is dedicated to the early detection of heart defects in babies; however these machines may also help other defects be spotted early.
  • Tiny Tickers has currently placed 173 pulse oxygen machines in hospitals across the UK
  • A pulse oximetry machine costs approximately £725 to place per hospital
  • Pulse oximetry testing is a measure of a baby’s oxygen saturation, if low this could be an indicator of a heart problem or another health issue.
  • Birth rates are provided from either the hospitals themselves or from the ‘Which’ maternity guide


Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.


For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928


Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk

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