THE League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital has provided a total of £725,204-worth of medical equipment in the past three years - £434,673 of that in the past year alone.
The news that treasurer Chris Ashford brought to last Thursday’s committee meeting surprised even long-serving members of the charity.
Last Thursday’s meeting voted to spend £13,020 on six replacement Hemotion therapy chairs for the renal dialysis unit at Bexhill Hospital. The unit provides local treatment for kidney failure patients who would otherwise have to travel to Brighton for dialysis.
The meeting also agreed to provide 50% of the £33,142 cost of purchasing a Sonosite Edge Ultrasound machine plus three transducers and software package for the critical care unit at the Conquest Hospital, which treats a high proportion of Bexhill patients.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s bid for funding for the equipment is also being put to the League of Friends of the Conquest Hospital.
The ultrasound machine enables cannulae to be inserted accurately into blood vessels. It is rare for patients in critical care not to require a catheter to be inserted into a vein in order to monitor pressure and allow rapid infusion of fluids and medication.
Ann Loyd, Trust premises liaison manager at Bexhill, said stained glass windows bought by the league many years ago had been salvaged from the former chapel at Bexhill Hospital and sold for £400, the money going back to the league.
The treasurer had some pre-Christmas cheer for members in that legacies received so far this year totalled £248,858 compared with £121,000 in 2012. Latest legacies received included £48,000 from the estate of Mrs Dinah Hornsby. £50,000 from Mr R.A.E. Davy, £24,195 from Kathleen Churcher and £2,000 from Luigi M. Davy.
Some £500 had been received in memory of former local surgeon and league committee member Peter Plumey, and £350 in memory of Mr James Taylor.
The sponsored event by Bexhill United Ladies’ Football Club was now expected to have raised £1,076. A Gift Aid claim of £788 had been received. Some £230 had been received from LCB Players. League support at GP ‘flu clinics had raised £445. The Sovereign Masonic Lodge ladies had given £250 amongst other incoming donations.