Achievements

Our aims as stated in the Constitution of the Friends are: “To mobilize, encourage, foster and maintain the interest and support of the public in the work of Stamford hospital.”

  • We met our local MP, Nick Boles, and he has assured us of his strong support for the continuation of the excellent work of Stamford Hospital.
  • We have a representative on the Stamford Hospital Development and Advisory Group (SHDAC) which meets monthly to review current activity in the hospital and to discuss plans for the future.
  • We received donations from the county council’s “Big Society” fund via two local county councillors, Mr D Brailsford and Mr Trollope-Bellew.
  • We met Gary Thompson, the Chief Operating Officer of the new South Lincs Commissioning Care Group (CCG), along with Dr Miles Langdon, the Chair of the CCG. We discussed the importance of Stamford Hospital in the delivery of local health care, and were pleased with the enthusiasm of the CCG to commission services at the Hospital.
  • We met the new Chief Operating Officer of the Peterborough and North West Anglia Foundation Trust and discussed the value of Stamford Hospital and its high local reputation.

Acquisitions

The Friends are also active in raising funds, which have been used for a wide variety of purposes, and increasingly to fund extra pieces of equipment to help develop further the services offered at the Hospital. Here’s a few recent acquisitions.

Child’s Play Cube (£1,632)

Many more children are attending Stamford hospital and this play cube is just one piece of equipment provided for the paediatric and midwifery clinics that will help keep them occupied whilst waiting to be seen.

Child's Play Cube

Child’s Play Table

It’s such a simple thing but it makes a big difference. This child’s play table is another quality piece of equipment provided for the paediatric and midwifery clinics that will be fun to play with and help to keep the children occupied and distracted whilst waiting to be seen.

Child's Play Table

Child’s Wall Art (£145)

Wall art to make the hospital walls in the waiting areas a much friendlier experience.

Child's Wall Art

Child’s Play Table

This second play table is another piece of equipment provided for the paediatric and midwifery clinics that will help keep them occupied whilst waiting to be seen.

Child's Play Table

Child’s Wall Art (£145)

Wall art to make the hospital walls in the waiting areas a much friendlier experience.

Child's Wall Art

Grab Bag (£399)

The cardiac arrest team may be called to a collapsed patient anywhere in the hospital or the surrounding grounds. The grab bag contains all the equipment and drugs that might be needed, is easy to transport and is well designed so the contents can be found very quickly.

Grab Bag

Height and Scales

A convenient height measuring stand with attached scales to help us watch our weight.

Height and Scales

MRI Trolley

An trolley to help patients when attending the hospital for an MRI scan.

MRI Trolley

MRI Wheelchair

A wheelchair to help patients when attending the hospital for an MRI scan.

MRI Wheelchair

Obesity Scales (£595)

It is important that patients’ weight and height are accurately recorded. These scales provide greater stability for larger patients.

Obesity Scales

Outpatient Seating

The Friends of Stamford Hospital are pleased to have provided these seats which will make patients more comfortable whilst awaiting appointments.

Outpatient Seating

Overnight bed for Relatives

The Friends of Stamford Hospital are pleased to have provided a bed for a relative to use whilst providing support for a patient.

Overnight Bed for Relatives

Reception Seating (£726)

The Friends of Stamford Hospital are pleased to have provided these seats for the hospital reception area, which will make visitors to the hospital more comfortable whilst awaiting appointments for themselves or for others.

Reception Seating

Urine Analyser (£499)

Stamford Hospital is playing an important part in the investigation of patients with urinary problems, and this equipment, two of which were purchased, is an important part of that.

Urine Analyser

ECG Machine

The Minor Injuries Unit is not designed to take patients with cardiac emergencies, but some patients do often seek help when they live nearby. This ECG machine is important for rapid assessment and the tracings produced can be transmitted immediately to heart specialists in Peterborough, Papworth or Leicester.

ECG Machine

Stamford Hospital Museum display cabinet

The Friends have been pleased to give financial support to the Hospital Museum for a display cabinet as a token of our admiration and thanks to the Matron, Susan Brooks, who has worked tirelessly with colleagues to establish such a powerful and interesting record of the nearly 200 year history.

Stamford Hospital Museum Display Cabinet

Fall Prevention Equipment

Falls of elderly or confused patients are common in hospitals, and are dangerous. This fall prevention equipment warns the nursing staff that a patient who is at risk is restless.

Fall Prevention Equipment

Baby/Child Scales

These are new very accurate scales to allow quick weighing of children which is an important part of monitoring their progress and determining the doses of any medicines they may need.

Baby/Child Scales

Repose Boots

This equipment is very effective in preventing pressure sores on the heels of immobile patients on the van Geest unit.

Repose Boots

Radio for Clinic Room

Something pleasant to listen to during uncomfortable examinations to relax, distract the mind and calm the nerves.

Radio for Clinic Room

Folding Bed

This comfortable folding bed is used by relatives wishing to stay overnight with ill patients on the van Geest unit.

Folding Bed

Pediatric Blood Pressure Cuff

A special small cuff for small arms, specifically designed for use with children.

Pediatric Blood Pressure Cuff

Plaster Saw

This is used to remove solid plasters from patients. The new saw is quieter and quicker than the old models which helps reduce the patients’ anxiety.

Plaster Saw

Falls monitoring equipment in the JVG unit

Restless and confused elderly patients are at great risk of falling. This equipment is used to alert staff to the fact that at risk patients are getting out of bed.

Falls Monitoring Equipment

Television in day theatre recovery room

In the day case unit patients often need to wait some hours until they are well enough to go home, and watching TV helps pass the time.

TV

Comfortable, adjustable chair in the day unit recovery room

This chair is fully reclinable and can at the press of a button become a flat bed. This is important for patients recovering from general anaesthetic or heavy sedation.

Comfy Chair

Cystoscopy (examination of the bladder) equipment in day theatre

The bladder can be examined in detail under light sedation using this state of the art equipment, which is central to the one stop haematuria (blood in the urine) investigation service.

Cystoscopy Equipment

Comfortable reclining chair for phlebotomy (blood sampling) suite

This comfortable chair helps patients relax when having blood samples taken, and if they feel faint, the chair can be made flat at the touch of a button to let the patient have a lie down.

Reclining Chair

Volunteer’s corner in the out patient department

The volunteers greet patients at the main entrance, make them feel welcome and guide them to the correct department. In their corner there are information boards, leaflets and books for sale.

Volunteer's Corner

Visual field analyser for eye clinic

Recording visual fields this is an essential part of the assessment of patients with eye disease, and particularly glaucoma. This device is very sophisticated and patient friendly.

Visual Field Analyser

Screen and printer for out patient colposcopy equipment

This allows trainee doctors and nurses to see what is being done and also the nurse assistant to be more involved in the examinations. The printer provides the capacity to record visually what has been seen.

Screen and Printer

Gynaecology couch for the out patient department

This comfortable and adjustable examination couch helps patients relax as far as is possible when having such examinations, and makes the examination easier, quicker and more effective.

Outpatients Gynaecology Couch

Hand function instrument

This equipment is used to measure hand function and assists the hand surgeons in assessing and following the progress of their patients.

Hand function instrument

Large wheel chair

This especially wide chair is for additional comfort for the increasing number of patients who will not fit into standard chairs.

Large Wheel Chair

Out patient garden

We have made a small financial contribution, and all the work to establish and care for the garden has been done by hospital staff. This is a good example of the commitment of the staff to the hospital.

Out Patient Garden

Refurb of relatives’ room

Relatives waiting for patients to complete their treatment are often anxious and upset. We have funded the refurbishment of this room to help provide a calming and comfortable space.

Relatives' Room

Child’s wheelchair

There are more patients who are children using the Hospital. This is an example of how we feel it important to cater for their particular needs.

Child's Wheelchair

Volunteers cupboard

The volunteers are a very important part of the Hospital and provide an invaluable service, welcoming and directing patients when they arrive. They also sell a lot of books providing funds to the Friends. The cupboard helps keep their area tidy and efficient.

Volunteers Cupboard

Toybox for MIU

This is another example of our efforts to make children welcome and happy when they come to the Hospital.

Toybox for MIU

Audio visual ticket machine

Sometimes, when busy, there is a wait for blood tests. This machine is to make sure that everyone is seen in turn.

Audio visual ticket machine

Dining table and chairs

The Van Geest unit has been refurbished by the Trust recently and is a valuable part of the services of the Hospital. This new furniture was much needed.

Dining table and chairs

Wall-mounted TV brackets

TVs on bed-side lockers are a liability and can so easily be knocked over. The wall brackets have made a big difference to improve space and safety.

Wall-mounted TV brackets

Adolescent Wheelchair

A smaller more comfortable chair for our smaller patients.

Adolescent Wheelchair