The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham’s Liver Unit provides world-class care for its patients. The Liver Foundation, QEHB Charity’s special fund for the Liver Unit, provides cutting-edge medical equipment that benefits patients, but is over and above what is provided by the NHS.
What we have funded
We have funded several Fibroscan machines here at QEHB. At £80,000, this piece of technology provides a painless, non-invasive analysis of the liver in as little as ten minutes. Fibroscan avoids the previous need for an intrusive biopsy which required an overnight hospital stay.
This innovative equipment can also detect liver damage or disease and, if problems are identified early, treatments can be tailored to the patient and serious liver damage and disease can be avoided.
With your help, equipment such as this can be provided to the Liver Outpatients Department to go 'over and above' for our liver patients.
The Charity has funded an ultrasound machine to be used on patients with a variety of liver-related illnesses. This saves them having to take a long journey from the seventh floor to the ground floor Imaging Department whilst recovering from traumatic procedures such as liver transplants.
The OrganOx machine
The OrganOx machine helps to clean a donated liver ready for transplantation, increasing the chances of the recipient’s body accepting the new liver, and increasing the number of organs that will be considered for transplant. This incredible piece of equipment came to QEHB in 2018 thanks to the Ann Fox Foundation who funded the £117,000 machinery in memory of Ann who passed away following a liver transplant. Simon Bramhall, Liver Transplant Consultant, said: “This is the future. With this technology we will be able to run tests on the liver before it is transplanted so you can make sure it is working properly. “We can also manipulate the environment that the liver is sitting in to improve functionality and insulin levels." The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is supporting the trials in a number of ways including funding a post-doctoral scientist.
To donate to the Liver Foundation UK please click the 'donate to this fund' button at the top of this page.