Over 600 patients have now benefitted from the new diagnostic machines donated to Skegness Hospital by Skegness Hospital Watch.
Skegness Hospital Watch Chairman Eddie Gasson congratulated fundraiser Geoff Poulter and the team at their latest meeting for all their hard work throughout the year in raising much needed funds to support the hospital and provide the new machines.
The equipment means patients can have important tests and diagnosis locally, rather than having to make a trip to Boston Pilgrim or further afield.
Hospital Watch Skegness met with Andrea Blakely, General Manager of Lincolnshire Community Health Services. which includes responsibility for Skegness hospital and Andrea confirmed the new diagnostic machines were making a ‘real difference’ to patients care.
The group also heard from Ruth O’Meila of St Barnabas Hospice, who provide day care, care at home and welfare services in the local area for people who are living with terminal health conditions.
St Barnabas helped 7,866 people in Lincolnshire last year to manage their health conditions and to lead a positive life.
The welfare service alone helped 3,444 people to access £6,747,824 in much needed disability and carers benefits, to help make life more comfortable.
Lincolnshire Co-op has supported Hospital Watch during the month of May and June as part of their Community Champions programme.
Chief fundraiser Geoff Poulter and the team, including Chaiman Eddie Gasson and John Orgine, raised £540 on Saturday morning (May 17) at the Co-op in Chapel St Leonards, where they were supported by Chapel St Leonards Coun Fiona Brown and members of the public, who gave generous donations and participated in the scheme by using their dividend card to support local fundraising.
Also, pictured far right is Eddie Myers from Chapel St Leonards, who was the first patient to receive receipt of the 24-hour diagnostic heart monitoring equipment funded by Skegness Hospital Watch.
The team will be at the Roman Bank store and in Chapel St Leonards again, over the coming weeks.
Finally, Hospital Watch is excited to announce they will be setting up stall in the Skegness Hildreds Shopping Centre from June 16, for one week.
The Hildreds Centre has offered Hospital Watch a shop unit to promote Skegness Hospital Watch and to run a Tombola stall to raise much needed funds for the hospital.
Anyone with items to donate is asked to drop them off at the store early in the week of June 16.
The prizes will be offered as tombola prizes during the course of the week or sold on the bric-a-brac stall.
Hospital Watch Chairman Eddie Gasson said: “we are delighted to be invited into the Hildreds Centre and we would like members of the public to visit the store and find out more about what we do and encourage people to get involved”.
The next meeting of Skegness Hospital Watch will be held on June 19, with a 7pm start at the Crown Hotel, Drummond Road, Skegness.
The topic for discussion is Lincolnshire Health and Care; a radical review of health and social care services in the area. This review will have significant implications for how hospital and community services are provided in the future and everyone is welcome to attend.