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Friends of Raigmore

Issued: 9 Aug 2010

Patients waiting for an appointment in Raigmore Hospital’s Outpatient Department now have access to up-to-date information on how their clinic is running as well as information in infection control and health promotion thanks to a donation from the hospital’s League of Friends.

The group of volunteers have bought 3 screens that have been put up in and around the waiting areas in Outpatients which will be used as information screens for patients attending a clinic that day.

Lucy Briggs is Charge Nurse for the Outpatients Department. She said: “The screens are great for the department. Patients are able to see themselves how the clinic is running time wise, we also use them to remind our patients to report back to reception when they come back from tests and ensure that our infection control and hand hygiene messages are being passed on.

“We also plan to have specific slide shows to highlight particular health weeks, such as smoking cessation or information on Parkinson’s Disease.

“The screens are new to the department but I hope our patients find them very informative.”

Raigmore Hospital’s League of Friends has, over the years, donated thousands of pounds worth of equipment and furnishings to the hospital.

League of Friends Chair Christina Cameron said: “We’re a small team but are very committed to raising funds for the hospital. We’ve held various functions over the last year including a sponsored swim; a Songs from the Shows Concert; and entertaining on a budget dinner. We also sold Christmas cards and regularly have a sales table within the hospital.

“The money raised from doing this not only bought the screens but also went towards a bariatric bed for the hospital which was handed over last year.

“I am very grateful to all those who have supported us in our funding raising efforts. I’m delighted to see the screens installed and hope the patients here find them useful.”

Charge Nurse Briggs said: “I can’t thank the League of Friends enough for their kind donation. The effort that has been put in to fundraise can not be underestimated and it is very much appreciated by all the staff here.”

© 2010 Highland Public Services Partnership.
Project part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) within the INTERREG IIIB Northern Periphery Programme