On Sunday May 5th the Friend’s hosted a very successful Charity Dinner Dance at Barcombe Village Hall.
We were lucky to have a glorious sunny evening and on arrival guests were able to enjoy drinks and canapés looking out over the beautiful Sussex countryside. Christine Arbenz and her team served a delicious meal after which everyone was able to enjoy chatting and dancing to music played by the live band Louisiana Lightning.
During the evening we also held a live auction, brilliantly compared by Mike Sandford, and a silent auction, which together raised an incredible £1750 for the hospital. We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all the local businesses that so generously donated items to the auction.
Everyone had a very enjoyable evening and in total the event raised £2,272.06 for the hospital.
The new x-ray unit funded by the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital was officially opened on Monday 23rd April. Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne performed the opening ceremony watched by representatives of the Friends, the SCFT and former and current staff working in the Imaging Service. Jane Mackenzie-Bennett, Radiology superintendent, gave a short presentation of the new equipment.
Last year the collection tins around Lewes raised approximately £1,500. A great result and thank you to all those who have donated.
The quiz night was enjoyed by over 50 members and their guests and almost £300 was raised for the Friends. With questions on general knowledge, sport, history, food and drink and a picture round, the final winners were ‘Charlies Angels’.
Southdown Tennis is supporting the Friends through 2018. If you are looking to run an event, please think of the Friends as the Charity of your choice.
Earlier in the year the Friends sourced some original works of art collected by the charity Paintings in Hospitals. Several of these are now being displayed at the hospital. The children particularly like the elephants now on the wall in the Minor Injuries Unit.
The new x-ray unit so generously funded by the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital is now in place and is proving a wonderful asset to the Imaging Service. The unit, a Siemens Ysio Max DR system is a top of the range digital imaging system using the latest technology.
It has many advantages over the previous unit, which has served us well for more than 20 years. Patients will no longer have to mount steps to get onto the x-ray table or stand on a step to have their knees x-rayed. The x-ray image is available as soon as it is taken so the examination is much faster, which will reduce waiting time at the walk-in sessions. The image quality is superior due to the advances in technology with the added bonus of an even lower radiation dose than before. The new unit will also reduce the wear and tear on the radiographers, as the equipment moves into position using remote control. We now have a department using the highest specification technology thanks to the Friends who have funded all our imaging equipment.
The Lewes Fat Stock Dinner took place on November 29th at Lewes Town Hall. This is a charity event organised by the Rotary Club and The Friends of the Lewes Victoria Hospital was their chosen charity and beneficiary of the evening.
Jenny Clark was invited and gave a short speech. She said that the Friends had been functioning for 51 years and during that time had raised well over £4 million. The Friends purpose was to assist the NHS Trust to provide improved more versatile equipment, funding for building work that extended and enhanced capacity and extra’s that improved the environment for Patients and Staff using the Hospital.
Over the last 10 years nearly £250k has been received from Donations (all of which have been utilised). Over £1million has been received in legacies Over £1million of hospital equipment has been funded
Generous donations and legacies have funded:
- A new Ultrasound Machine
- Refurbishment of the Operating Theatre
- A large extension and equipment for the Physiotherapy Department
- Landscaping of the garden for patients at Meadow Lodge
- TVs for the Minor Injuries Unit, Day Surgery Unit and Intermediate Care Service
- Many other smaller pieces of equipment … and so much more!
Very recently new X-ray machines have been installed, financed by the Friends, which have better advanced technology, provide a wider range of services and are faster and more efficient.
For the Future, Jenny said that the local NHS Providers and Commissioners were committed to making even better use of the Hospital, and that the Friends with the generous support of the local community would continue to support this.