Peterborough Cancer patient goes to eBay to buy city hospital equipment for treatment at a fraction of the cost
A cancer patient bought important medical equipment for Peterborough City Hospital on eBay – and saved the hospital thousands.
Steve Brewer, 62, has purchased seven triple pumps for oncology in Peterborough City Hospital
Steve discovered that the oncology day unit only had four of the 3 400 pound triple pump units, making the treatment faster for both patients and nurses, but the unit had no funds for new pumps. But amazingly, when he was browsing eBay, he discovered he could get the same model for only £ 175 second-hand.
He has now convinced pump manufacturer Baxter, with the help of chemo-nurse practitioner Angelo Cuenca, to put the pumps back into operation. 19659006] Steve, who was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in May 2014, said, "I had to use a triple pump in the hospital for my chemo every few weeks and they are great because you can administer two lines at once, which makes treatment much quicker. When I was on my treatment, I realized that there were not many triple pumps in the hospital, so I decided to see if I could donate, and surprisingly, I quickly found one for sale on eBay from a medical supplier for only £ 175 and a head nurse agreed they could use it. "
But, months later, Steve was told that the hospital could not accept used equipment even though the machine had come directly from another hospital and still had a five-year working life ,
Steve, who is married to three children and two grandchildren, did not give up and Angelo Cuenca persuaded Baxter to get involved after he got the green light from the hospital.
They agreed to re-commission the units for free and then rent them out to the hospital for free as long as they paid a maintenance contract. Now Steve has bought another six machines for £ 100 apiece.
He said, "It makes sense to recycle the machines and save the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds, and I hope the idea will now prevail in other hospitals."
Linda Nkhata, Chemotherapy Manager, Peterborough City Hospital, thanking Baxter for their support, said, "We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Brewer for his generous donation, the pumps cost £ 3,400 to buy each time, which would be a huge burden for the Trust, but seven of them have one made a big difference to the patients being treated in our hospital, and also to our staff. "
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