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Suction Machine

In what circumstances would this equipment be provided?

Upon assessment of child/young person's clinical need. This may be because your child is struggling with their oral secretions (saliva) and following an assessment either by your Speech and Language practitioner, physiotherapist or Consultant, then it may be deemed appropriate to have a suction machine that can be used by the parent/carer to keep your childs airway clear of their secretions.

Where is this equipment used?

Home, school, community and respite.

Who does this equipment belong to?

Childrens Community Nursing Service.

Typical Lifespan of equipment

According to manufacturers guidelines.

Is demonstration or training required prior to use?


Is regular maintenance required?


Who is responsible for maintenance of equipment?


How is maintenance undertaken?

Through logging via MPCE system.

Is regular cleaning required?


Who is responsible for cleaning of equipment?

Patient or their guardian.

How is cleaning undertaken?

By following provided manufacturers guidelines.

What happens when the equipment is no longer suitable or required?

It gets returned to MPCE if the item is deemed unrepariable. If it is not required, it can go back in to the main CCNS Stock and be used for other patients.

Who to contact

01902 444700

Where to go

Childrens Community Nursing Service (CCNS)
The Gem Centre
Neachells Lane
West Midlands
WV11 3PG

Other Details


Equipment is RWT or CCG (if continuing care) funded


Age Ranges
0 - 19
Referral required
Referral Details

Who can make referrals for assessment for equiment?

Consultants, health professionals and theraputic services.

How is assessment accessed?

Through referral.

How is need assessed?

Through clinical assessment, and consultant/specialist recomendation.

How long will the assessment take and when will be the equipment be provided?

An assessment will take within one month of referral and equipment will be provided within 1 week to 1-4 months following assessment.

Will equipment be provided new or recycled?

Varies but mainly recycled.

How is equipment provided?

Equipment will be delivered. 

Record Last Updated on: 14/02/2020

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