Haslemere & District Community Hospital

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CURRENT ACTIVITIES


2017 AGM

This year’s AGM takes place on Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 7.30pm in the Marjorie Gray Hall, Haslemere.

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FOR THE CHAIRMAN'S FULL 2017 AGM REPORT: click here

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PROJECTS WE HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR


We had Wi-Fi installed in the inpatient areas for the patients and in addition bought Kindles for both wards. Many patients are benefiting from this purchase as they have become used to using smart technology at home.

 

We have purchased clocks on the ward for patients with memory problems. These alert patients to more than the time of day as they act as prompts for activities of daily living as well.

 

We agreed to fund a camera for remote consultations with the Plastic and Burns Unit at East Grinstead Hospital. It was suggested that this would enable the Nurse Practitioners to liaise directly with the unit at East Grinstead. Since its installment it has halved visits for patients and in addition the nurses have managed wound care locally under direction of the specialist unit. This has reduced time and travel costs for patients and their families.

 

We supported the Physiotherapy department with a Muscle tone machine for treating patients with specific muscle weakness conditions. The patient outcomes from using this piece of equipment is being monitored by the physiotherapy service.

 

Unfortunately, the mural in the Minor Injuries corridor was damaged and not easily repaired. St. Ives school provided new artwork for the minor injuries corridor. We provided the frames for the pictures.

 

Haslemere Health Group developed a local Health and Social Care Directory and we funded the printing of 5000 leaflets for local distribution.

 

We continue to maintain all the patient area gardens.

 

We are working with Haslemere Care to enhance Ophthalmology services. Voluntary care services are struggling to find more volunteer drivers. If drivers take one patient to Guildford, there is less time for helping other people. The broader Ophthalmology service we offer at Haslemere this will reduce travel time for patients and drivers and more people can be helped locally. In addition, the largest number of people who use this clinic are older adults and they are exhausted after four hour of travel and waiting times in Guildford. However, one does need to remember that Ophthalmology appointments take longer than many other specialties as the patients are seen pre & post dilatation of their eyes.

 

On a final note, our committee is very involved in the greater public engagement programme regarding the Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group. We have been heavily engaged in the current Stroke Consultation with other health interested parties in Waverley, East Hampshire and West Sussex. Strokes affect any age groups. However, the greatest group of people are 70+. There is no direct public transport to either of the acute hubs suggested by the CCG as they are both situated in North West Surrey. The named hyper acute stroke units suggested by the CCG are Frimley Park and Ashford and St. Peters NHS Trusts. Both hospitals are situated within eleven miles of each other. This creates a huge void in South West Surrey, East Hampshire and West Sussex. The ambulance service is in special measures as they cannot meet their target pick up times to take the patients to hospital within the 120 minutes stroke event to scan/needle time as per new guidance. We feel all residents in our area will not receive the best clinical outcomes in line with the new directives. The roads networks are difficult at any time. If we have a hard winter the ambulance service would not get us safely to the hospitals at all. With the know problems with voluntary transport and their lack of volunteers, patients and their families will pick up the full costs of this change of access in personal time and expenditure for protracted periods of time. We have expressed our concerns at this proposal and hopefully many of you completed the survey on line or by post.

 

We are delighted that Haslemere Rotary nominated us as their charity this year. Haslemere Flower Club who always provide the flowers in the main entrance of the hospital are sadly losing many members either through either age of members or relocation out of area. If anybody know of people who may be interested in helping to support the flower club, please let us know. The arrangements at the front door are welcoming and provide a caring environment for people to walk into.

 

The local Rock Choir ‘busked’ locally over a weekend in April and kindly donated the money to us.

 

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Minor Injuries: longer opening hours
 


Minor Injuries Unit

The Minor Injuries unit already provides a friendly swift service for those with sprains, minor wounds and fractures, An analysis of our 'Use it or Lose it' campaign shows that the respondents would prefer to come to Haslemere MIU for those injuries which Haslemere can deal with, particularly if it were open for longer hours and at weekends (rather than have to go to the Royal Surrey County or Frimley park Hospital A&E departments over 12 miles away). ___________________________________________________

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RECENT PURCHASES

Below are examples of equipment, recently purchased by the LoF for the hospital, which are currently used by patients.


Coffee Machine:
Coffee Machine donated by LoF
Coffee machine donated by LoF for the Outpatients department.


Specialised Chair:
Specialised chair

Upon request by staff, LoF purchased this highly specialised chair for the Blood Test department, which makes life easier for the staff and patients alike.

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Point of Care Laboratory Testing

The League of Friends has allocated funds for the provision of Point of Care laboratory testing to complement the other diagnostic facilities already available at the hospital. It will work as closely with the Hospital management in its development of its clinical and community services as it has done in the past.

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The LoF produces annual Newsletters which are a source of information about on-going campaigns and local news for those who do not use the internet.


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