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Life changing vest which helps children live a more normal life whilst receiving chemotherapy showcased at Innovation Day in Sheffield

A life changing vest which helps patients suffering from cancer to lead a more normal life is just one of the healthcare innovations being showcased at Sheffield Children’s Hospital today [Wednesday 11th July] as part of an Innovation Day organised by the NIHR.

A number of other organisations including Devices for Dignity, Technology Innovation Transforming Child Health (TITCH), CYP MedTech and the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) have helped to organise the event and will be joining the Tookie team on Wednesday to explore innovations that are being developed in response to the unmet needs of patients.

Many young patients find that a fitted central venous catheter, which children must have inserted whilst receiving chemotherapy, can restrict them from playing with friends, keeping active, and joining in at school.

The Tookie vest allows a central line to be discreetly and safely attached to the child and prevents the accidental removal of the central line. The vest has an inside pouch attached to the vest and a back-closure mechanism which keeps it secure and prevents the child from removing it whilst allowing continuous access by medical staff.

Today’s Innovation Day is a chance for innovators in the field of oncology to come together in Sheffield and discuss innovative ways of supporting children undergoing cancer treatment.

Managing Director of Tookie, Stephen Tooke said: “We are delighted to be at the Innovation Day at Sheffield Children’s Hospital today. It’s fantastic to be here with D4D, TITCH, CYP MedTech and the YHAHSN exploring health and innovation and gaining invaluable feedback from patients, carers and clinicians. The Innovation Day here at Sheffield Children’s hospital has brought like-minded innovators together, all with the same goal in mind – to create solutions that can create a life more normal for patients, carers and clinicians.

“One of the main goals for today is to hear feedback from those who would benefit from products like the Tookie vest. Earlier this year, Tookie won the Medilink Innovation Award which we are hugely proud of – we are now looking to the future to create more potentially life changing products and Innovation days like today are the pathway to that. We are currently working with Professor Heather Elphick MBChB MRCP MD Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at Sheffield Children’s Hospital who is also supporting the Innovation Day today.”

The Tookie team will be at Sheffield Children’s Hospital on Wednesday 11th July from 9.30am onwards.

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