Friends group give equipment worth £130,000

Pictured are, from left - Margaret Thomson, Sally Balfour, Ruth Leslie-Melville (Friends Chairman), Hamish McLauchlan, Susan Skene (Head of Nursing), and Marjorie Smith.

Pictured are, from left - Margaret Thomson, Sally Balfour, Ruth Leslie-Melville (Friends Chairman), Hamish McLauchlan, Susan Skene (Head of Nursing), and Marjorie Smith.

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Stracathro Hospital has been the beneficiary of Friends of Stracathro once more, with the group handing over more equipment.

The group presented an ‘Accuvein’ vein viewer to the hospital on Monday, January 13. The equipment helps to make locating veins easier for hospital staff.

The same day, the Friends of Stracathro Hospital held their annual general meeting.

The committee for the year was finalised at the meeting. It comprises:-

Sally Balfour (secretary); Hamish McLauchlan (treasurer); Ruth Leslie Melville (chairman); Alastair Cochrane-Dyet; Margaret Thomson and Susan Skene (head of nursery, SRTC, outpatient services).

In her report to the group, the chairman said: “Thanks go to all the committee members who have diligently attended the meetings and supported other events. Thanks also go to the staff of Stracathro Hospital who work closely with the Charity to ensure that the Friends supply the equipment which enhances the excellent service being provided by the NHS.”

In 2013, the group donated 16 different items, totalling an incredible £131,151 worth of equipment, which included items such as a trolley system for the theatre, Aixplorer Multiwave Ultrasound System and Thermoflator SCB.

She added: “It has been a year of steady work and no hiccups. We are very grateful for the attendance at our meetings of Sandra Christie (Corporate Services Assistant), Hazel Scott who is our representative from NHS Tayside Health Board And is the Commissioner for Old People’s Services. The Friends of Stracathro Hospital is a charity much appreciated in the district of Angus and the Mearns.”

The Friends of Stracathro Hospital is committed to ensuring that the hospital is second to none in Scotland. Ruth explained: “We provide equipment and help which the NHS could not afford to put into the hospital. The population of Angus and the Mearns treasures its beautiful wee hospital and is proud of the high standards achieved by the well equipped staff.

“We can only work to enhance the already good service in the hospital through the support of the community. We rely on the generosity of individuals, organisations, businesses and legacies to fund the purchase of state of the art equipment for the treatment of patients entering Stracathro Hospital.

“Anyone hoping to support the hospital or who is looking for a speaker may contact me on 01356 625259.”