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.
Our Charity Donates to COVID-19 Relief Again
The Board of Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation decided to reach out to hospitals nationwide to offer emergency support to public healthcare providers, who struggle with equipment shortages. The charity not only donated beds for intensive care units, which were designated as COVID-19 wards but also bought other specialized equipment, which will be used to treat patients with severe cases of the disease. The overall cost of the equipment purchased by our charity amounts to PLN 20 829 233,68.
Since the beginning of November, the charity purchased:
- 1340 ICU beds
- 89 heart monitors
- 50 medical ventilators
- a remote patient monitoring system
- 6 oxygen concentrators
It is important to note that oxygen concentrators are proven to be one of the key devices in treating patients with life-threatening cases of coronavirus. The machines are used to deliver highly oxygenated air, which is an essential step in saving life functions of patients who have struggled with breathing due to the progress of the infection. Oxygen concentrators will be donated to long-term care units at six medical facilities in Poland, where some of the most vulnerable - elderly and frail patients are cared for.
The charity has also launched a website, which will serve as a message board for hospitals looking for volunteers. Many hospitals and clinics are struggling with staff shortages, so the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has launched a public appeal to encourage people to help out at medical facilities nationwide.
Since the launch of the registration process, over 900 Collection Centres - regional hubs for the fundraising activity - applied to hold their local editions of the Grand Finale fundraiser.
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.