EQUIPMENT which helps with the early detection of serious heart conditions in babies has been donated to Airedale Hospital.

The two, so-called pulse oximetry machines have been given by the charity Tiny Tickers.

They will be used to test the amount of oxygen in newborn babies' blood. Low levels can indicate a congenital heart defect.

Caroline Lowe, a midwife at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are extremely grateful to Tiny Tickers for donating these machines.

"Identifying heart defects early will ensure that babies get the treatment and care they need quickly.

"This can save lives and will lead to a better long-term quality of life."

Tiny Tickers was founded in 1999 by world-renowned fetal cardiologist Dr Helena Gardiner, when she realised many of the babies she was caring for could have been helped earlier.

The current chief executive is Jon Arnold, whose own child underwent open heart surgery for a major defect.

He said: "We are truly delighted that we're able to help Airedale in this way and hope that the machines support the team to provide the best possible care for babies on the maternity unit."