The League of Friends funded many enhancements to the new hospital and continues to support the health and wellbeing of patients in the local community through a variety of initiatives.
Ongoing projects funded by the League include:
- Research into stroke rehabilitation to provide an evidence base upon which future best practice can be developed
- Tai Chi and Yoga classes
- WiFi for patient internet access.
Other items supported by the League include:
- NMES Equipment for patients recovering from stroke to regain their swallowing reflex
- Transport bursary for Life After Stroke Club attendees
- Research recruitment
- Mary Robertson Training Bursary for hospital staff
- Explanatory books for children and young people about stroke
- SUCH therapy service for one year (part of West Somerset MIND – positive touch therapy).
- Research position for a staff member – projects funded include: extended rehab for stroke patients, main cause of vascular dementia and predicting outcome and recovery after stroke
- Replacement specialist patient beds
- WiFi for patient internet access
- Expressive Movement Therapy
- Storage cupboards for art therapy sessions
- ‘Simple Up’ step for radiography
- Postgraduate module related to Stroke and Acquired Brain Injury
- Tilt-in-space shower chair
- WiFi for patients and visitors
- Expressive Movement Therapy for patients (innovative research unique to the hospital)
- Transport bursary for Life After Stroke Club attenders.
- £25,000 donation to the Yeovil Hospital CT Scanner Appeal – vital for anyone who has had a stroke, head or chest injuries, and for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.
- ‘My Life’ software package enabling patients, visitors and staff to support patients with memory problems.
- In partnership with Age Concern, yoga and movement classes in South Petherton for the local community
- Baby change unit for the hospital’s ground floor
- Additional ultrasonic bladder scanner.
- 5 pressure mattresses
- Tilting shower space chair
- Bariatric chair
- Stroke rehabilitation equipment including a Wii and an iPad for patient use.
Each year we run Christmas coffee mornings and participate in the hospital’s annual fete. In 2017 we hosted a lively public meeting about Somerset’s draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan for health and social care. We are now working closely with the South Petherton Community Partnership to support local health and wellbeing.
Our funding comes from the generosity of people who value the hospital and appreciate what it provides for the health of the community.
Please donate online by clicking this link: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/13898
Registered Charity no. 297082