Mildmay Hospital Equipment Fund

Raising funds to purchase medical and therapeutic equipment and maintain the physical environment
of Mildmay Mission Hospital.

Help us to invest in Mildmay's future

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Donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme. See below for more information.

We are a charity providing specialist services to the NHS, not an NHS or private hospital

Running any hospital is hugely expensive. We get about 80% of our funding from NHS contracts. As a charity, we depend on your help to raise the remaining 20%.

We don't make a profit and all your donations are invested in our services and facilities.

Your donations help to secure the future of our UK hospital and maintain essential services and facilities for our patients
Current Progress...
Current Progress
Current Progress
Donated so far this year (from 1st April): £3,725

Mildmay Mission Hospital's charity works to enhance the physical and therapeutic environment of our UK hospital for patients, staff and visitors.

We raise funds to purchase vital medical and therapeutic equipment. Through fundraising, the Charity funds projects which, each year, touch the lives of the hundreds of people cared for by our UK hospital*.

From time to time, we need to purchase or replace important equipment that helps with the care, rehabilitation, and recovery of our patients.

As you can imagine, our medical and patient-care equipment gets a lot of use - more so now than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen our patient numbers increase significantly.

If we cannot get the funding we need, we might need to dip into our charitable reserves – something that we should only do as a last resort!

You can Text to Donate right now

You can make an instant donation  of £1, £3, £5 or £10 by texting MILDMAY1 to one of these numbers**

To donate £1, text to 70201

To donate £3, text to 70331

To donate £5, text to 70970

To donate £10, text to 70191

The code stays the same - MILDMAY1 - just choose the number for the amount you want to donate**

Scan this code with your mobile phone's camera to go to our donation page on your mobile right now.

Your donation can help us to fund things that our NHS contracts do not; to purchase essential hospital equipment such as:

  • state-of-the-art medical machines
  • equipment to fulfil the basic needs of our patients and make them comfortable, such as new hospital beds and room facilities
  • disposables like PPE
  • therapeutic and rehabilitation items such as gym equipment

As an NHS partner, a sizeable proportion of our income for patient care comes from NHS contracts, these payments only cover our patients' basic medical treatment, accommodation and food.

Everything else is supported by donations made by people like you, who want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people. In fact, Mildmay can only exist because of the wonderful charitable support of our donors, as it has done for over 150 years.

We need your help to buy:

GE Healthcare MAC 2000 ECG Machine


Our ECG machines are quite old and need replacing.

As you can imagine, these are important pieces of equipment and we need to purchase two new ones.

One is being funded from our charitable reserves, but we hope that you will help us raise £6,288 to buy a second unit.

What is an ECG Machine?

An ECG (electrocardiogram) is quite a simple test that can produce important diagnostics. It is used to check a patient’s heart rhythm and electrical activity. Sensors attached to the skin are used to detect the electrical signals produced by a person’s heart each time it beats. These signals are recorded by the ECG machine and are looked at by a doctor to see if they're unusual.

When an ECG is used

An ECG is often used alongside other tests to help diagnose and monitor conditions affecting the heart. It can be used to investigate symptoms of a potential heart problem, such as chest pain, palpitations (suddenly noticeable heartbeats), dizziness and shortness of breath.

Rehabilitation treadmill


Our treadmills are primary pieces of physiotherapy equipment. They are used for rehabilitation programmes: increasing balance, strength and exercise tolerance; promoting maintenance of physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional well-being.

Both our treadmills are nearing the end of their serviceable life. One has now failed completely and is deemed to be beyond economical repair. 

Mildmay's physiotherapy gym with our 2 treadmills, one of which is out of action.

Gym Gear T95 Rehabilitation Treadmill

The adjustable side handrails provide firm and ergonomic support to users of all sizes and limited mobility, without obstructing the training space. The adjustable handrails enable users to adopt different positions and by extending out over the back of the equipment, provide support when accessing and exiting the treadmill.

TVs for patient rooms

£1,200 for 10 units

Hospital televisions offer a welcome distraction during a difficult time. While at home, people watch TV an average of six hours a day. In a hospital, TV viewing increases to almost 11 hours each day. Clinical experts agree that a patient's hospital room plays a role in the healing process and overall satisfaction.

All of our 26 patient rooms contain a television with access to Freeview. We need to replace these small, wall-mounted LCD TVs in 10 rooms at a cost of about £120 each.

Not like our TV's!

Personal fridges for patient rooms

£300 for 5 units (£60 each)

All of our 26 patient rooms contain a small fridge for personal use. All of these fridges were purchased 12 years ago and some of them have reached the end of their useful life.

Right now, we have to replace 5 fridges, but will need to replace all of them in due course.

Single healthy green apple standing on a wire shelf in an empty fridge

Photo by Gratuit

Modern hospital indoor environments aim at fulfilling the psychological needs and preferences of the people who use them. Nowadays, physical and non-physical and healing environments are perceived as potential contributors to recovery processes.

Unlike curing, healing relates to aspects of health that are psychological and spiritual. To support this, our patients rooms, while maintaining the highest of clinical standards, are also as comfortable as we can make them

PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic

As you may have seen on the news, hospitals are getting through huge quantities of PPE (personal protective equipment) every day. The cost of PPE is a huge expense for Mildmay Hospital, and not one we could foresee.

Despite the generosity of so many people who donated PPE, whether purchased or home made, we  still need to buy significantly more now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Added to this are scrubs, visors and antiviral cleaning gel and wipes. We are able to wash and reuse scrubs and are very grateful for the donations that our helping to supplement our requirements.

This vastly increased usage will continue until the pandemic is thoroughly defeated and every recovering patient has finally gone home safely, but this is in all likelihood, still months away.

In February 2020, we spent £800 on PPE.

Ever since then, the bill has been up to £10,000 a month!

Please give what you can to help us cover this unplanned cost to our charity.

Our Clinical Lead Nurse modelling donated, handmade scrubs

This is roughly how much PPE we are getting through every month.

Masks (3-ply)
Masks FFP3

Our target is £20,000

Target £20,000

So far, you have generously donated nearly £7,000, and counting...

"Every hospital bed in the UK needs to be utilised during this unprecedented national crisis."

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive of NHS Providers

*Historically, Mildmay has hired mattresses and beds and has paid separately for regular infection control, deep cleaning and sterilisation.

**For the time being, above and beyond an initial 4 mattresses, we'll continue to hire additional mattresses as they are needed.

 The purchase outlay, even with generous supplier discounts, is still considerable. If we receive sufficient funding, we'll be able to buy more than the 4 beds we initially planned.

New hospital beds and electronic pressure relieving mattresses

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mildmay is admitting HIV patients, step-down homeless patients (including some from either group recovering from COVID-19) to ease the burden on acute NHS hospitals.

We are at full capacity, and need to replace older beds and purchase additional beds and specialised, pressure-relieving mattresses.

This is something that we need to do quite regularly, of course, as older equipment wears out*

Thanks to the discounts we have been able to negotiate with our suppliers, purchasing new hospital beds makes more sense than annual hire and maintenance costs.

Budget table



List price per unit

Discounted unit price


Hill-Rom 900 bed





Clin-Activ mattress







Total cost


hospital bed
hospital pressure mattress

Hill-Rom 900 electronic hospital bed

Hill-Rom electronic pressure relieving mattress

Completed projects

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Replacement/renewal of basic physio gym equipment


We recently renewed some of our basic physio equipment, most of it is replacing old stock / equipment that is no longer working, including:

Prioron Pedal Exerciser

Cycle pedals that can be taken to a patient’s room if they are unable to get to the gym or to increase their activity outside of therapy time.  We had one but it was broken.

Resistance bands rolls (red, green & blue)

Resistance bands help to increase a patient’s strength. The different colours indicate different resistance. These come in 46m rolls and will last us for about a year. This replaced old stock that we had run out of.

Gym ball pump

Our gym balls go flat – we need to pump them up so that we can actually use them!

Stability/balance pad x 2

Balance rehabilitation equipment

Gym Master adjustable fitness step x 2

To carry out exercises in the gym or in the patients rooms

Digital Skills Inclusion Suite


Our IT and digital inclusion trainer, George Yearwood, in Mildmay’s computer training suite.

Using Lumosity software to improve cognitive agility and memory are as important as supporting our patients with everyday online interactions that, for them, can be difficult and excluding.

Thanks to a generous donation from Wandsworth Oasis, Mildmay has set up a new Digital skills Inclusion Suite

Technology is an enormous part of the world we live in. For most of us it is an everyday part of our lives that we take for granted. With a few clicks we can link with friends and family, access information, order shopping, manage banking, plan travel, catch the news – the list is endless.
But for many of Mildmay’s clients this world has been closed down to them because of HIV-associated brain impairment.

The training we provide is extremely popular with our patients and the benefits are considerable, supporting memory functionattention span and problem solving.

This also helps to support independence and builds confidence

We have also started brain training work and assessment tools which is helping enormously with our patient’s rehabilitation and treatment.

We hope to further develop and expand this training which is proving so beneficial.

Case Study: Jamie

Jamie attended the computer workshops and brain training for about three months

“The computer training at Mildmay has been a blessing, truly a blessing. I used to work with computers as part of my job, but I had forgotten everything. At first I couldn’t even remember how to turn it on! I also had general problems with my memory, my attention span and in solving problems. I started the training in the computer suite and I began the brain training programme.

Slowly, with lots of support and patience things began to come back. Now so much of the world which was shut off to me has opened up – shopping, banking, finding out information, it’s all there for me now, a link to independence.”

"I have grown in confidence and thanks to Mildmay I have come so far

We also need your support to:

  • train our multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and therapists, so they keep up to date with best practice, continuing to offer the first-class care that has earned us an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Care Quality Commission
  • maintain the complex facilities and services of the hospital building
  • contribute to the salaries of specialist staff, such as our physical and occupational therapists, and our Housing, and Drug and Alcohol Workers.

Your donation will help us to develop the essential services and facilities our patients in the UK need.

Mildmay works with thousands of children, young people, women and men providing HIV clinical services and education.

*Mildmay needs to raise funds for these and other purposes

**Fundraising, payments and donations will be processed and administered by the National Funding Scheme, operating as DONATE, a charity registered in England and Wales (1149800) and Scotland (SC045106). In addition to any text donation, you will incur your standard network message charge (based on your service provider rates).

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Registered Charity no: 292058

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