Doctor running to raise money for high-tech breathing monitor

A BRADFORD doctor is planning to run 10K to help fund a device which will better monitor patients with breathing problems.

Leanne Cheyne, a respiratory consultant at Bradford Royal Infirmary, is taking part in the Bradford 10K on 15 March for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity.

She said: “As a doctor of chest medicine, I am always telling my patients to exercise to keep their lungs healthy. I feel like I’m setting a good example for them and my children.

“I do a fair amount of exercise anyway, but I only recently started running again. I have been training hard and hopefully I will finish in a good time.”

Leanne explained that she hoped her fundraising will go towards her department purchasing a Tosca monitoring device. The Tosca is similar to a standard oximeter, in that it measures oxygen levels, but it is much more technologically advanced and can also measure carbon dioxide levels.

Quality of care

She said: “This will be used by our high dependency patients and will really improve the quality of our care. It allows us to assess whether the breathing muscles are working well in the night and could potentially reduce the number of painful blood tests.”

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Our respiratory doctors and nurses provide excellent care and treatment to patients. However, as an NHS charity, we fundraise and pay for items and projects which go over and above what the NHS provides. We can upgrade medical devices, buy extra and buy quicker than budgets allow – all to improve patient treatment and care.

“The Tosca monitoring device will help our clinicians keep an even closer eye on patients who are most poorly and vulnerable, and reduce painful blood tests.

“Our doctors and nurses want the very best equipment to treat patients. We believe the people of Bradford deserve the best, and so we’re delighted to support Leanne’s fundraising efforts. We wish her lots of luck with her run!”

Leanne must raise just over £200 to reach her £1,000 target. To make a donation, please visit Leanne’s Just Giving page at

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit Alternatively, contact the charity office on 01274 274809 or email



Note to Editors:

  • Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is one of more than 250 NHS charities based around the UK. It supports the strategic direction of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by funding projects which go over and above what he NHS provides.
  • Did you know that, together, all NHS charities give £1million every single day to the NHS!
  • In 2017, a new £28million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which was part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals. It provides world-class facilities for the elderly, children and a brand new intensive care unit. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity provided £260,000 to enable the Trust to create family friendly environments, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative distraction toys and games for young people.
  • With the support of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, BTHFT was also able to provide more cots, including intensive care and high dependency cots, new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite and a dedicated room for mothers to express milk for pre-term babies when the new neonatal unit opened in 2015.

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Note to Editors:

  1. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.


The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.


Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.


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