Pre-Christmas gifts totalling more than £156,500 have been pledged by the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital in its quest to serve Bexhill patients.
Recent League gifts including £180,000 to equip a new age-related wet macular degeneration clinic and £560,000 to re-equip the Jethro Arscott Day Surgery Unit for eye surgery have increased the number of outpatients attending Bexhill Hospital.
This has exacerbated the already acute parking problem, lack of on-site spaces leading to congestion in Holliers Hill.
At its meeting last Thursday, the charity’s committee voted to fund the provision of 19 extra on-site parking spaces at an estimated cost of £55,494.
The League is also set to explore joint-working with a second local charity to create a
transport service for Bexhill outpatients who find it difficult to get to the hospital.
The town’s four recently-federated GP practices have reported that they are under severe pressure financially.
In a repeat of a successful gesture some years ago, the League has asked each practice to submit a wish-list of much-needed equipment.
As a result, the committee has voted to invest a total of £101,022 in funding the purchase of equipment ranging from specialist electronic couches to patient-call systems, spirometers, pulse oximeters, optivisors, a diagnostic set and dermatoscope.
Income from legacies has leapt from £248,857 last year to £1,114,302 so far this year. The latest funbding pledges bring League spending this year to more than £558,600.