League of Friends
Walton Community Hospital

The League of Friends

Hospital

Annual General Meeting of the League of Friends on 5th January 2016

Chairman's Report

In March 2014 we were informed that the inside of the hospital would be refurbished but, as I mentioned at the AGM last year, the work was delayed and was finally completed in April 2015. The result is a much smarter look to the wards and corridors. Although the League of Friends had no part in this we continue to maintain the gardens both at the front of the building and outside the wards. In particular the courtyard garden is frequently used by patients and visitors alike.
A much needed hoist was provided for one of the single bedded wards and the feedback from the staff has been very rewarding. Not only does it make the job of lifting the patient much easier but it is also far less stressful for the patient.
We were also able to help with an initiative by Virgin Care and Age UK to provide activities and befriending for the patients which I mentioned last year. We funded the purchase of equipment to aid memory and stimulate activities which would be used by the AGE UK representative and their suporting volunteers. Sadly the AGE UK funding ran out recently but it is hoped that a way can be found to continue the activities as they proved popular with the patients.
There are few ways we can make financial contributions other than the provision of daily newspapers, regular visits by an aroma therapist and the maintenance of the gardens already mentioned but having said that we should not ignore the contribution of the Friends Coffee Shop which, as well as raising funds, also benefits, patients, staff and visitors. Our shop manager David Jemitus, supported by the “shop ladies”, work hard to keep the shop stocked and operational throughout the year.
The Summer Fair in June raised £516 and on this occasion the weather was much kinder than the previous two events. Planning is already in place for the 2016 event.
In conclusion the Hospital is thriving. At Christmas 28 out of 30 beds were occupied and I understand that plans are in place to open more beds this year.

John Brine

For futher information, contact John Brine by email at friends@waltonhospital.co.uk