As in recent years the Friends are providing hampers for the staff at Lewes Victoria Hospital who are on duty/working during and immediately after the Christmas period. The hampers are being distributed over the next few days. A small thank you for all their hard work especially over Christmas.
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.
The Rotary Club of Lewes chose the The Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital as their charity for the year. They have raised a substantial sum and In October Ian Martin, Chairman, presented a cheque for £1,153.00 to Jenny Clark, Chair of the Friends. We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Lewes very much for all their support.
Fuego part of the Loungers chain opened in Lewes in September. Representatives of the Friends were invited along to the Open Evening. They are a very community orientated business and chose the Friends as their charity for the first month of opening. Gemma Irwin, Community Manager, told us that Loungers planned to donate 10p for every cup of coffee and 50p for every burger sold. They have sold 1,398 burgers and 4,297 coffees within their first month of trading – therefore raising £1,128.70 for the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital. We would like to thank them all very much for their support.
Chris Kneale, the Treasurer of the Friends and Pauline Richards, Management Administrator at Lewes Victoria Hospital went along to thank Christina, the Assistant Manager of Fuego.
The Friends now have a planter with autumn planting on Platform 3 at Lewes Station. Thank you to Mary Sautter and her helpers for organising this for us.
Lewkalele, a local group of strummers, raised £72.64 on Saturday 30th September for the Friends playing outside the Harveys shop in Cliffe High Street. Very enjoyable for everyone and many thanks to them.
On Tuesday August 8th the Friends hosted an afternoon of ‘Tea and Flowers for 20 guests, which raised £235 for the hospital.
Judy, who runs a small flower business ‘Flowers from the Field’, facilitated the afternoon and provided the group with a stunning array of flowers from her plot in Isfield. Judy began the afternoon with a very informative talk that included tips on growing cut flowers for the house, when to cut and how to increase vase life. This was followed by a demonstration on how to put together a simple hand tied bunch after which, the guests were able to enjoy putting together an arrangement to take home. Many very colourful and varied bunches were produced and the afternoon finished with tea and cake in the garden.
It was a very enjoyable and fun afternoon. Judy even provided a print out to encourage everyone to have a go at growing their own cut flowers.
In 2009 the Friends offered to brighten the hospital wards and corridors with original works of art collected by the charity Paintings in Hospitals with a loan of 19 artworks on an initial three year contract. In following years more paintings were added to the collection and currently the Friends fund the hire of 29 paintings. The contract is up for renewal once again and the Friends are taking the opportunity to refresh the collection. Recently 3 of the Friends committee went round the hospital to look at the paintings, talk to staff and subsequently a trip to University College Hospital in London was organised to choose some new paintings. The Friends hope that they will be in place in the next few months.
July 2017: Four new paintings have now been received and 5 are to be returned. These new additions will soon be displayed in the hospital.