Vital help for hospital from friends

DONATION ... League of Friends member Audrey Batchelor, left, chairman Maureen Young, third from left, and treasurer Sue Goddard, far right, with, from left, ward manager Carolyne Laverick, auxiliary nurse Maria Dolphin and deputy ward manager Roisin Burdis.
DONATION ... League of Friends member Audrey Batchelor, left, chairman Maureen Young, third from left, and treasurer Sue Goddard, far right, with, from left, ward manager Carolyne Laverick, auxiliary nurse Maria Dolphin and deputy ward manager Roisin Burdis.

KIND-HEARTED volunteers have provided medical staff in South Tyneside with the cash to buy vital medical equipment.

The League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospital has donated £5,000 to Ward 1 of the hospital, in South Shields.

Staff at the Harton Lane site are using the cash to buy three new vital-signs monitors, that measure a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen levels.

Carolyne Laverick, ward manager, said: “We use the monitors regularly with our patients, who have gastrointestinal and liver conditions, to check such things as their blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen.

“Previously, we only had two of the monitors, so we are delighted to have more than doubled that number, which has allowed us to enhance patient care by enabling us to provide patients with more effective and timely treatment.”

The Friends is one of the NHS’s oldest voluntary groups and is in its 66th year.

Over the years it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospital from its on-site shop.