Woman's Will Brings Lifeline for Lung Patients


Woman's Will Brings Lifeline for Lung Patients

People in the North West suffering from severe chest illnesses are being treated in a newly refurbished unit – thanks to a Londonderry woman who bequeathed nearly £50,000 in her will.


Matilda Jean McAdoo, of Ashburn Avenue in the east of the city, left £49,718 to NI Chest Heart & Stroke on condition that the money was used for the benefit of patients at Altnagelvin Hospital. The charity, in consultation with the hospital, decided that the money should be put towards a 3-bedded unit on the respiratory ward where acutely ill respiratory patients, including those requiring non-invasive ventilation (NIV), will be cared for.


There is an increasing need for NIV among patients suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) when they experience a sudden flare-up in their condition. The technique delivers a pressurised supply of oxygen via a face mask and is a highly effective way of treating those who cannot get enough oxygen into their lungs.


Around 80,000 people in Northern Ireland have been diagnosed with COPD. It results in 28,000 hospital admissions each year.

Gerard Guckian, Chairman of the Western Health and Social Care Trust, said: “I would like to express my thanks and appreciation on behalf of the Western Trust to the family of Mrs Matilda Jean McAdoo and to N I Chest Heart & Stroke. Thanks to this great generosity we have been able to provide a specially designed facility for more acutely ill respiratory patients. The provision of these refurbished areas in the respiratory ward will facilitate closer monitoring of these particularly sick patients by the clinical staff caring for them. Mrs Mc Adoo has therefore left a legacy that will benefit patients in this ward for years to come and for that we are extremely grateful.”


Tom McElhinney, Area Services Manager at NI Chest Heart & Stroke’s Derry office, added: “We are very grateful for Mrs McAdoo’s decision to remember our work in her will. A legacy can make a real and lasting difference to people’s lives. When it helps enhance the patient experience in hospital, it is all the more valuable.”