The League has an excellent track record of raising funds for, and completing, numerous major projects of improvement at the hospital which have greatly benefitted its patients and staff.
As part of its activities over the last 20 years, the League has mounted large appeals to raise funds for a massive programme of improvements to the Hospital and has raised approximately £8 million which has been used to update and provide new buildings and to purchase new equipment.
2014 – Present
The League of Friends of Teddington Memorial Hospital launched a pioneering new project in partnership with all GP practices in the Borough of Richmond, to enhance their Out of Hours Service. This is the first partnership of its kind in the country, to improve out of hours GP services for all registered patients and is helping more patients get the care they need at home and avoid visiting overcrowded Accident and Emergency Departments.
The Out of Hours Service operates when GP practices are closed i.e. evenings, weekends and bank holidays. With the support of The League of Friends, the new enhanced service provides:
- The certainty of being able to speak to and if appropriate, be seen by a dedicated doctor based at Teddington Memorial Hospital.
- A fully equipped car, which will enable the doctor to make home visits.
Through its fundraising efforts and many generous donations, the League of Friends has committed support to the enhanced service for three years. We are working to attract more funding, so that we can continue to support and keep improving out of hours care in the future.
£43,000 was raised for a newly landscaped garden at the back of the Hospital which has been designed especially for patients, with areas to walk and areas to sit in comfort. In addition, 8 monitors have been provided for the hospital’s one-stop Cardiac Clinic, and 10 new super wheelchairs were purchased for patients to use on the wards and throughout the hospital. The was also repaired and refurbished.
£35,000 was raised towards a new Pathology link at the Hospital. This means that, when people have a blood test taken at the Hospital, the result can be returned electronically from the Pathology Laboratory and in turn transmitted to Doctors and Consultants on-line.
The League raised £900,000 for the newly built imaging department equipped with high technology digital and fibre optic equipment, and a newly built rehabilitation unit. The picture shows the cheque being presented.
The Hospital Chapel For All Faiths was funded by the League at a cost of £195,000.
Pamela Bryant MBE, Chairman of the League of Friends, said ”These are wonderful improvements and the League of Friends is delighted and excited by having the opportunity to fund these projects”.