Stracathro patients benefit from Friends donation

Friends of Stracathro hospital have once again come to the assistance of the much-loved NHS facility. A new patient information system has been provided which will see patients names flagged up on a large screen. The board chairman, Sandy Watson andchief executive Gerry Marr, were on hand to accept the latest donation from Friends of Stracathro chairwoman Ruth Leslie Melville and her representatives. Pictured are: - L to r - Marjory Smith, Gerry Marr (Chief Executive), Hamish McLauchlan, Ruth Leslie Melville, Margaret Smith, Sandy Watson, Alastair Cochran Dyet, Sally Balfour, Steve Nicoll, Christy Bing.

Friends of Stracathro hospital have once again come to the assistance of the much-loved NHS facility. A new patient information system has been provided which will see patients names flagged up on a large screen. The board chairman, Sandy Watson andchief executive Gerry Marr, were on hand to accept the latest donation from Friends of Stracathro chairwoman Ruth Leslie Melville and her representatives. Pictured are: - L to r - Marjory Smith, Gerry Marr (Chief Executive), Hamish McLauchlan, Ruth Leslie Melville, Margaret Smith, Sandy Watson, Alastair Cochran Dyet, Sally Balfour, Steve Nicoll, Christy Bing.

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NHS Tayside Chairman Mr Sandy Watson, NHS Tayside Chief Executive Mr Gerry Marr and the Friends of Stracathro will be visiting Stracathro Hospital yesterday (Tuesday, March 15). The group will see first-hand the Friends’ recently donated electronic Patient Information System in operation at the outpatients’ department.

The newly-installed system consists of two large digital display boards, ticket printer, amplifier and speakers and an additional microphone for announcements.

From now on patients attending outpatient clinics will be issued with a ticket printed with a unique number when checking in at reception. The consultant in the outpatients’ room will be notified electronically that the next patient has arrived and then call for the patient by typing in the patient’s number which will be displayed on one of the two large digital display boards in the reception area.

The Friends of Stracathro continue to be staunch supporters of the hospital and they have, over the years, generously donated many items of equipment which have benefited patients from Angus and from across Tayside.

Mr Watson and Mr Marr will also be attending the Friends of Stracathro committee meeting where they will update the group on the developments on the hospital site.

Friends of Stracathro Chairman Ruth Leslie-Melville said, “On behalf of the Friends of Stracathro Hospital, I am delighted to be able to donate this Patient Information System which provides a greater degree of confidentiality for all patients attending outpatients’ clinics.

“The Friends over the years have raised a lot of money and have bought state-of-the-art equipment that has benefited the people of Angus and the Mearns. We work very hard to enhance the already exceptional services that are on offer at Stracathro.

“Every health board across Scotland is under financial pressures and we are very appreciative that Mr Sandy Watson and Mr Gerry Marr have taken time to visit us here today.”

Mr Watson said, “I would like to thank the Friends of Stracathro for donating this new electronic Patient Information System. We are enormously grateful for the continuing support the hospital has enjoyed from the Friends and the wider community of Angus and the Mearns.

“We continually strive to improve and develop patient services at Stracathro Hospital. Currently we are seeing the new mental health service development taking shape on site and our surgical unit is going from strength-to-strength with an increase in the number of referrals from across Tayside.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such an enthusiastic group of local supporters who have been our valued partners over the years. I am certain that we can continue to work together for the benefit of the local population and communities across Tayside.”