Boost For St Monica’s Hospital from Friends

6th September 2023

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Both staff and patients at St Monica’s Hospital are benefiting from recent support that has been given by the Friends of the hospital. Much appreciated equipment boosting the care and comfort of those receiving treatment and, importantly, those delivering it, has been purchased by the Friends of St Monica’s Hospital (FOSMH), with more on its way.

The hospital’s Sister, Jade Barnes, described some of the additions that are making life easier for her care-giving colleagues and those who receive it.

“Our staff room needed a revamp to provide a relaxing space for members of staff when on break. So, the help that FOSMH have given may seem simple but has really been welcomed by staff. We now have a decent sofa in the room, a table and chairs, a refrigerator, and a TV, even somewhere to store our shoes, each giving the team more chance to recharge between the hustle and bustle of hospital life and to feel valued and respected.

The Friends are also paying for a weekly visit to patients from a hairdresser and that’s made a tremendous difference. Their morale has improved massively, it seems they sit prouder in their chairs. As well as their hair they can also have manicures and pedicures.”

More equipment is in the pipeline from FOSMH funding including state-of-the-art recliner chairs for patients that will allow people who couldn’t get out of bed to do so, one feature being a pressure-relieving setting.

FOSMH have helped in other ways recently too, said Jade:

“Our Coronation celebrations were really given a boost by the Friends paying for bunting, balloons and a special afternoon tea. Small things but ones our own budget couldn’t pay for. And patients have loved sitting in the gardens that have been tended as a result of FOSMH paying for it.”

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