volunteers are donating record amounts of cash to South Tyneside District Hospital.
The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals has raised £80,000 so far this year, and about £10,000 of that has been spent on the latest lot of equipment donated to the South Shields hospital.
The Harton Lane hospital has been given a multi-positional chair costing £7,000 for its coronary care unit, a £2,500 warming cabinet for its radiology department used to heat blankets to make patients more comfortable as they wait and a replacement pharmaceutical fridge for ward 10.
Radiology staff nurse Janine Mullen said: “The warming cabinet is a great asset for our department.
“We often have elderly, frail patients waiting for x-rays, scans or procedures, and they may be anxious, and the rooms can feel quite chilly due to the air conditioning, which is necessary for the correct functioning of the machinery.”
Andy Hughes, deputy manager for in-patient cardiology services, added: “We are very grateful to the league of friends for agreeing to our request for the chair.
“We need chairs for heart failure patients in which they can be comfortable while their legs are elevated, and this one is perfect.
“It also makes it easier for staff to transfer those patients who are quite dependent from their beds.”
League treasurer Sue Goddard said: “We are able to give away an unusually large amount this year due to a surplus from previous years.
“Our volunteer fundraisers do a fantastic job, and they have the support of an extremely generous public.”