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.
2018 – 2019 The League’s latest project is the funding of the Refurbishment of the New Reception Area at a cost of £168,000. This project included, a complete redesign and refurbishment of the whole area, with designated queuing walkway and reception desk relocation, the design and build of a bespoke reception desk, including a lower counter for wheel chair users, a new acoustic ceiling installation which have been designed to improve patient confidentiality. The redesigning of the nurses station/reception desk area, to improve the co-ordinated working between the two teams, and the design and build of a new improved designated children’s play area with interactive play units.
All these improvements will make a huge difference to patient experience and confidentiality both at the reception desk and in the seating area. Enabling a patient’s visit to be quicker and more comfortable.
The League has also funded new state of art, high technology imaging equipment (X-ray machine) at a cost of £366,523.09. This was all made possible by the generous donations we receive from the local community and will further enhance the type of treatment patients receive at Teddington Memorial Hospital.
2014 – 2018 The League launched a pioneering new project in partnership with all GP practices in the Borough of Richmond, to enhance their Out of Hours Service. This was the first partnership of its kind in the country, to improve out of hours GP services for all registered patients and helped more patients get the care they needed at home and avoided visiting overcrowded Accident and Emergency Departments.
The Out of Hours Service operated when GP practices were closed i.e. evenings, weekends and bank holidays. With the support of The League of Friends, the enhanced service provided:
- 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 enabled the doctor to make home visits.
Through its fundraising efforts and many generous donations, the League of Friends raised £2,001,294 and committed support to the enhanced service for three years, with an extension of the service running to the beginning of 2018.
£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 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”.