Hospitals in Poland are struggling with equipment shortages as the cases of coronavirus patients are on the rise. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity took up emergency action to address some of the most desperate needs of public healthcare in the country.
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Medical Affairs Director of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation, Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak and Chairman of the Board of the Charity, Jurek Owsiak pledged to purchase one of the most modern pieces of medical equipment on the market - PET/CT scanner. The device will be donated to Memorial Children's Hospital in Warsaw, which is leading children's hospital in Poland. The hospital is also a leading research facility, where doctors and scientists look into best and speediest methods of diagnosis and treatment. The PET/CT scanner, which will be the first device of its class in the country, which combines two forms of scanning, allowing for precise diagnosis, which, in turn, will enable doctors to come up with a tailor-made treatment for their patients. Speedy and exact diagnosis is the key to successful treatment of oncological diseases in children, and it dramatically improves the chances of fast recovery.
The charity and hospital officials are working towards establishing parameters of the machine. The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has so far donated over 1 200 to the Memorial Children's Hospital. These devices are worth over PLN 53 000 000 (well over EUR 1 1000 000).
The state-of-the-art PET-CT scanner, which will be donated to the Memorial Children's Hospital in Warsaw, was bought at the 54th edition of Open Tender. The device, worth PLN 16 000 000 will be the first digital PET-CT scanner used to diagnose children.
The board of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation decided to make an emergency purchase of hospital beds to support the national healthcare system in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. Beds will be donated to hospitals tasked with creating wards for COVID-19 patients.