How the League of Friends has helped hospital patients

Bridlington Hospital Chaple'Stained glass widow paid for by the league of Friends'PA1101-2'Christine Cann, chaplin Martin Doe, Margaret Peel

Bridlington Hospital Chaple'Stained glass widow paid for by the league of Friends'PA1101-2'Christine Cann, chaplin Martin Doe, Margaret Peel

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OVER the past two years Bridlington Hospital League of Friends has invested over £12,000 in the development of Bridlington Hospital, in turn helping make life more comfortable for patients.

From repairing a historic stained glass window in the chapel to providing £9,000 of new chairs for the Outpatients Department the Friends’ support of the hospital has been invaluable – helping improve the experience for staff, visitors and patients.

The Bridlington Hospital League of Friends AGM will take place on November 21 at 2pm in the Committee Meeting Room at Bridlington Hospital everyone is invited to attend.

Founded in 1953 the aim of the League of Friends is to improve patient care and comfort.

The Friends’ latest donation to the hospital is over £9,000 of new chairs for the waiting area in the Outpatients Department.

The new chairs are not only more comfortable but are safer – designed to be easier to clean assisting with infection prevention and control.

In March 2012, the Friends also bought three Carma Specialist/Treatment Examination Chairs used by patients who attend appointments in the eye clinic.

Other specialist equipment purchased includes chairs for stroke patients on Waters Ward, benches located in the main corridor, a step machine for the Physiotherapy Department as well as a donation to the Bladder Scanner on Lloyd Ward.

As well as providing new equipment, the Friends have also invested in the hospital in other ways by providing the Christmas tree in the main reception and repairing a stained glass window in the chapel which was vandalised.

They have also provided thermo cards which were distributed by community nurses.

The cards tell elderly people when they should put the heating on.

Future support includes the refurbishment of a room on Lawrence Day Unit into a clinic and replacing the flooring on Waters Ward.

Margaret Peel, from Bridlington Hospital League of Friends, said: “The Friends continue to support Bridlington Hospital and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the past two years.”

Andy Betts, Assistant Head of Estates, said: “On behalf of Bridlington Hospital and York Trust, I would like to thank the League of Friends for their continued support and investment in the hospital.

“They are an integral part of the community here at Bridlington Hospital. The work that they do helps to improve the experience not only for our patients but staff and visitors.”

The Friends’ next fundraising event will be a stall in the Promenade Arcade on Wednesday November 28.