At last week’s Brechin Rotary Club meeting, Ruth Leslie Melville gave a highly entertaining and passionate look at the work and achievements of the Friends of Stracathro.
Ruth, who was invited by club member Robin Palmer, said that the organisation had prioritised the worries and concerns of the patients and staff, aiding developments in a hospital that had changed out of all recognition over the last 10 years.
She emphasised just how important Stracathro was to the local community, especially with an ageing population. Ruth highlighted that, with co-operation of the upper hierarchy, it was the envy of other similar sized hospitals in Scotland.
She said equipment worth £130,000 had been donated by the Friends over the last year, but noted a sign of caution saying that the NHS nationally would find challenges in the future with replacing skilled health workers and funding.
Rotary Club member Janice Whittick gave Ruth a vote of thanks for her very full and interesting look at the work of the Friends. Pictured are, from left, Robin, Ruth and vice President Steve Collis in front of Stracathro Hospital.