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.
New abulance for a Krakow hospital
The ambulance, fully equipped with devices which allow transporting even the severely injured patients, will now serve the University Children's Hospital in Kraków. This donation comes after the team at the Foundation have heard that one of the major paediatric clinics in Kraków did not have a modern emergency vehicle at their disposal. The ambulance is specially equipped with the following equipment: life support machine, AED, state-of-the-art transport equipment and stretchers, a set of Kramer splits, cervical collars and other essential devices. The ambulance is also equipped with a set of winter tires and fully insured. The emergency vehicle is worth almost 600 thousand PLN and has been purchased with the funds raised during the 24th Grand Finale charitable collection, which was held in 2015.
The University Children's Hospital in Kraków has received 453 devices donated by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Foundation. The overall worth of equipment donated by the charity to the paediatric hospital amounts to 14 000 000 PLN. Medical devices, bearing the charity's heart logo are at work at different wards of this hospital: the charity has equipped children's surgery ward, oncology and haematology wards, cardiac surgery ward, Nephrology ward, and the ER. The equipment donated by the GOCC includes life support machines, endoscopes, ultrasonography machines, insulin pumps, RTG, an orthopaedic surgery table and ECMO device.
A brand new roundabout in Gorzów Wielkopolski has been officially named after our charity. We are delighted, especially because the town is located in the vicinity of Kostrzyn nad Odrą, where we host our festival.
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.