The Friends of Warminster Hospital

 

Annual Report
Committee 2017
President
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Hon. Secretary
Hon Treasurer
Hon. Solicitor
Hon. Auditor
  The Marquess of Bath
Col Charles Lane
Under discussion (pending)
Mrs Val Hewitt
Mr Rodger Stocks
Mrs Victoria Huntley-Shaw
Mr Barry Treadwell
Chairman's Report 2017
Last year, under the initiative of the Manager of the Longleat Ward there were a number of measures taken to improve the well-being of those suffering from dementia. Part of this was the Dementia Reminiscence Therapy system comprising interactive hardware and software which can be used at the patients’ bedside – but requires Wifi. The provision of patients’ Wifi has been frustratingly slow despite the Friends initially committing considerable funds for its provision. Some wiring and ducting had been completed in the autumn. In November 2017 the NHS decided to take over (providing and funding) medical and patient Wifi in all hospitals, promised by the end of 2018.

Another area that has been slow to resolve, and to which the Friends have promised support, is the re-opening of the balcony from the Longleat Ward Day Room. The ability to give patients fresh air and some exercise in the summer is self-evident. For Health and Safety reasons, the balcony was closed in the Spring (2017) unless one-to-one supervision nurse-to-patient could be provided. With the staff available, this was impracticable. While a decision has yet to taken by the NHS, the Friends will continue urging that the work be undertaken to make the balcony usable with less supervision as soon as possible.

At the recent AGM, the enormous generosity of many people in Warminster and from further afield was acknowledged. In 2017 this amounted to the magnificent sum of £2,700

The Vice-Chairman of the Friends, Mrs Pauline Scott, has retired from the Committee after many years of very stalwart work. Her great energy and enthusiasm in organising Fetes, Summer Teas and Christmas Coffee Mornings was always outstanding. She will be sorely missed.


                                                                                          Charles Lane

Hon Treasurers Report 2017
The Friends spent £9,653 supporting the Hospital and local community and are pleased that in spite of low interest rates we have, through the help of our supporters raised an income of £8,l 16. This comprises gifts and donations: £2,890; subscriptions and covenants: £744; organised events: £1,728; and a generous legacy of £2,000.
We have reserves totalling £86,000 for future requests to support the Hospital and local health.
                                                                                       Rodger Stocks FCA


Committee 2016
  President
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Hon. Secretary
Hon Treasurer
Hon. Membership Secretary
Hon. Solicitor
Hon. Auditor
  The Marquess of Bath
Colonel Charles Lane
Mrs Pauline Scott
Mrs Val Hewitt
Mr Rodger Stocks
Mrs John Hazel
Mrs Elizabeth Neame
Mr Barry Treadwell
Chairman's Report 2016
As with 2015,2016 has been a comparatively quiet year in relation to the Friends funding help for Warminster Community Hospital, the Surgeries in the town and Community Care. The services and equipment that have been provided by the Friends can be seen in the Accounts opposite, of which some are mentioned in the Hon. Treasurer's Report below. 2016 saw the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Warminster Cottage Hospital (on the same site as the present Community Hospital). In 1866, the Rev. Sir James Erasmus Philipps, Vicar of Warminster 1859-1897, sought a house (a small farm) and land from Lord Bath. With his customary energy and drive, the Rev. Philipps raised funds for a Cottage Hospital that was opened by the Marchioness of Bath on 7 August 1866. On 8 August 2016, a large, contemporary photograph of the Rev. Philipps was unveiled in the Community Hospital by his great-great granddaughter, Nicky Philipps, the well-known portrait painter. Under the initiative of the Manager of Longleat Ward, the Friends are supporting several measures aimed at improving the well-being of patients suffering from dementia. Part of this is a Dementia Reminiscence Therapy system comprising interactive hardware and software which can be used at the patient's bedside. As well as funding this equipment, the Friends are supporting the instalment of Wifi so the Dementia Therapy package can be used to its greatest advantage. Additionally, the Friends are supporting the installation of one or more murals donated to the Ward Day Room. These large (4ft x 6ft) paintings are of very detailed local scenes that will help simulate memories and comment by those who see them. While these initiatives will be paid for in 2017, it seems only right to report them here since they have been in train for the past six months. I would like to thank all members of the Friends Committee for their support during the year, in particular my Vice Chairman, Mrs Pauline Scott who with her team, organised a very successful Summer Cream Tea and a Christmas Coffee Morning raising funds for the Friends.
                                                                                          Charles Lane


Hon Treasurers Report 2016
In 2015 the Friends spent £25,600 on behalf of the Hospital and local Community. 2016 has proved to be a quieter year. As well as our annual grant of £3,000 to Alzheimer Support, an iCare Tonometer (£2,395) was bought which greatly enhances the usage of the Visual Field Analyser (£12,000, 2011) and OCT Eye Scanner (£36,000,2015) in the Ophthalmology Outpatients Department. All requests were met during 2016, and as noted above we have earmarked funds for a number of initiatives in developing therapy for dementia patients in the Longleat Ward. Donations from a wide variety of sources continue to provide an important part of our annual income and we are immensely grateful to all who support us in this way.
                                                                                       Rodger Stocks FCA

Chairman's Report 2015
Our Financial Year ends on 31 December. 2015 has been a comparatively quiet year for the Friends.
During the summer of 2014, the 38-years-old X-Ray machine at the Hospital broke down and could not be repaired. There was considerable anxiety that this valuable resource might not be replaced. The Friends had previously been asked if, in the event of a breakdown, we would provide funds for new X-Ray equipment and infrastructure (improved shielding involving radical rebuilding work) costing approximately £165,000. This we were not prepared to do on the basis that our funds are not intended to replace services or equipment expected to be met by the NHS. Fortunately NHS funds were found and by early 2015 a complete new X-Ray machine and associated equipment had been installed. As will be seen in the Hon. Treasurer’s Report, we responded to a request to provide some additional enhancements not within the NHS schedule. The X-Ray is well used (about 90 patients per week) resulting in local people not having to travel too far for treatment - one the important aims of the Friends.
As well as our annual contribution of £3,000 to Alzheimer Support, which does such valuable work for those suffering from this condition, there was only one other major item of expenditure. This was to provide one of the Surgeries with three Cardiac Monitors for external use by their patients.
As will be seen from the Accounts opposite, Donations to the Friends are considerable, with the Longleat Ward Collection, amounting to well over £3,000. The Friends are immensely grateful for this support, and also for receiving many letters of appreciation of the staff of the Longleat Ward and everybody working in the Hospital.
We were saddened at the recent death of Mrs Norah McMinn who had been a Committee member for many years. As well as sincerely thanking all Committee members for their support during 2015, the Chairman would like to thank Mrs Pam Goodger (recently retired from the Committee) for her always enthusiastic contributions
                                                                                          Charles Lane

Chairman's Report 2014
As with 2013, 2014 has been a quiet year for the Friends. As well as our annual contribution of £3,000 to Alzheimer Support, which does such valuable work for those suffering from this disease, there was only one other major item of expenditure. This was to provide the Hospital's Longleat Ward with a Panoramic Tilt Chair. As its name suggests this large padded chair can be adjusted in any direction and angle bringing comfort to patients whose movements are very limited. At the end of the year we bought two replacement Television sets for the Day rooms, and an audio system is being investigated, not least for use with 'talking books'.
In June we were very saddened by the unexpected death of our Membership Secretary, Mrs Valerie Wheeler. Valerie had served on the Committee since 1987 (and probably before) while living first in Horningsham and latterly in Warrninster. Her cheerful enthusiasm will be very much missed.
Our Website: www.friendsofwarninsterhospital.org.uk has now been running for eighteen months and is proving to be a useful way of disseminating Friends' news as well as attracting enquiries regarding membership, donations and questions about the history of the Hospital -the last answered as best we can!
For many years Mrs Audrey Grey and friends have been organising monthly Bring-and-Buy Coffee Mornings at the Hospital each month. In the past these enjoyable events have played an important part in raising funds for the Friends. Due to the occasional uncertainty (sometimes at quite short notice) of a suitable room being available and due also to the limited attendance during the past two years, it has been decide that these Coffee Morning will now stop. An Annual Summer Tea Party, based on the Hospital, is being examined by the Committee.
Our 2014 Christmas Bazaar and Draw was most successful in raising funds for the Friends. This will now be an annual event - 5 December in 2015.
I would again like sincerely to thank the Committee for all the support they have given to me and the organisation of the Friends during 2014
                                                                                          Charles Lane

Hon Treasurers Report 2013
During 2014 the Friends Income was enhanced by the receipt of two significant legacies totalling £39,600. Requests for equipment and services from the Hospital and the Surgeries were fully met, their cost being £6,163 (approximately half the amount spent in 2013). A very large number of public donations, together with other income sources, gave us a net surplus (not including the legacies) of £2,100 for 2014.
With the year-end Capital of more than £113,000, we are in a position to continue to give support to the Community Hospital, Surgeries, and to Care in the Community for the benefit of their patients. A foreseeable major cost may arise from the current, and much needed, replacement of the Hospital X-Ray equipment. Although this is an NHS provision, it is expected that we will receive requests to supply ancillary items to improve this service for patients.
                                                                                       Rodger Stocks FCA


The Friends of Warminster Hospital-Registered Charity No: 207384