Skegness Hospital Watch helps stroke unit at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital

Skegness Hospital Watch cheque presentation to the stroke ward at Boston Pilgrim Hospital

Skegness Hospital Watch cheque presentation to the stroke ward at Boston Pilgrim Hospital

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A donation from Skegness Hospital Watch is helping provide tablet computers to track the treatment of stroke patients.

Members of the group presented a cheque for £2,364 to the Stroke Unit medical team at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, on Wednesday.

The money will enable the unit to buy four tablet computers which will be used to record information about the patients’ treatment.

The tablets, which are being introduced as part of a new IT system, will reduce the amount of paperwork on the unit.

Skegness Hospital Watch began fundraising for the unit after medical staff attended a meeting of the group last year.

Skegness Hospital Watch members previously took part in a 24-hour bikeathon during Action on Stroke Month in May which raised £1,200 for the unit.

Three of the group’s supporters, Lyn Luxton, Nicky Bostrom and Pauline Morgan, raised £500 earlier this year taking part in a sponsored walk from Skegness to Boston.

Lyn said: “I was privileged to hear a team talk given by the sister, matron, administrator and occupational therapist at Skegness Hospital Watch. Stroke is a major health problem for Lincolnshire and the UK.

“Every five minutes some one in the UK has a stroke. It is the third biggest killer and accounts for 11 per cent of all deaths, which are frightening figures.”

The cheque presentation was attended by Skegness Grammar School students Jessica Hall and Wesley Vallance, the first members of the Hospital Watch Young Ambassadors scheme.

Ward sister Anne Palmer said: “We are very grateful for this donation. It is really nice that the group has taken us on board and we have a very good relationship with Skegness Hospital Watch.

“It is not just about raising money, but the support they give us and knowing people outside are singing the praises of ward.”

She added: “The tablets provide one system from beginning to end of a patient’s journey from when they arrive until treatment is complete.

“This is a very target-driven service and the aim is to complete a CT scan within an hour of arrival, and for the patient to be on unit within four hours.

“With the new tablets we can input all the assessment data straight away and it will mean far less paperwork.”