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Musgrove thanks hospital’s League of Friends for its invaluable support in 2016 - 19 December 2016

Musgrove thanks hospital’s League of Friends for its invaluable support in 2016 - 19 December 2016

Bosses at Musgrove Park Hospital have paid tribute to the outstanding work done in 2016 by the hospital’s League of Friends volunteers.

Over the course of the year the League has been busy raising money to buy equipment and those little extras for the hospital that would not normally be funded by the NHS.

Its volunteers have also continued to run the hospital’s shop and trolley service around the wards and departments.

Some of the League of Friends’ recent highlights include: 

  • Purchasing a £50,000 portable retinal scanner that means patients with some eye conditions are able to be scanned at community hospitals nearer to their homes, rather than having to travel to attend clinics at Musgrove.
  • Bought four portable syringe drivers thanks to a generous £5,000 donation by Greenslade Taylor Hunt. The syringe drivers are used to control the often uncomfortable symptoms that patients experience near the end of their life, both in hospital and at home.
  • A cough assist machine was bought to help clear secretions from patients’ lungs by helping them with their breathing. This cost £3,100.
  • A simulation compatible saturations probe and monitor were bought for the hospital’s clinical training and simulation sessions for frontline staff to help them to develop knowledge and practice essential clinical skills in a safe and controlled environment. This equipment cost £2,240.
  • This month a bench was unveiled as a fitting memorial for the late Margaret Pegge, who was a stalwart of the League of Friends. Margaret started voluntary work for the League in 1972 and was chairman of the League for a total of 17 years. She was also manager of the League’s shop for almost two decades.
  • This Christmas the League of Friends joined together with the hospital’s other charities, Love Musgrove and Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE) to launch a Christmas tree of wishes appeal – more details at: www.tsft.nhs.uk.

Colin Drummond, chair of Musgrove Park Hospital, said: “I can't thank our wonderful League of Friends enough for all their support in time and money. They, and our other supporters in Somerset, help us try to do that bit extra for our patients and make Musgrove Park a warm heart in the centre of our community.”

Peter Renshaw, chair of the League of Friends, said:

“The League of Friends is very pleased to be able to provide funding for a range of equipment for the benefit of patients and staff. None of this would be possible without the generous gifts, donations and legacies people have made to the League of Friends.”