Monday, 3 September 2012
Staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital have taken the chance to say thank-you to friends for their generosity over the past twelve months.
Port Talbot League of Friends have raised a massive £45,000 to purchase new equipment for the hospital. Port Talbot Gateway Book Club contributed £2,000 of the donation.
Picture below: Members of ABM, Port Talbot League of Friends and Port Talbot Gateway Book Club
To show their appreciation staff from the different hospital departments gathered to demonstrate their new equipment.
Lyn Bazley, Dermatology - Unit Manager, said: “Our department has received a Smoke Extraction Unit. It is used during surgical operations when bleeding is stopped by a pen-like device which gives out electric sparks.
“The sparks burn blood vessels which stops the bleeding but gives off smoke which can be harmful to the patient, surgeon and assisting nurses.
“The smoke extractor vacuums the smoke away from the area, traps the harmful particles in a filter and pumps out clean air.”
Hilja Evans, Junior Sister at the Outpatients Department, commented: “We are very happy to have received a new examination chair. The patients will be able to feel comfortable and supported when having consultations.”
ABM Chairman, Win Griffiths, also present on the day, added: “The League of Friends continuously provides us with substantial help. We are very grateful for your hard work and donations.
“I would also like to thank the Gateway Book Club for the money they have raised. What a great job you have done.
“Thank you all for providing the hospital with the facilities we need.”
Picture left: Dermatology - Unit Manager, Lyn Bazley, explains the benefits of the Smoke Extraction Unit
Port Talbot League of Friends Chairwoman, Vicky Weekes, said: “We have been running the league since the 50’s and have raised over a million pounds for Neath Port Talbot Hospital. Our next aim is to raise £50,000 for more equipment.”
As part of the event, Vicky also presented the annual competition shield to the best fundraising department. For the third time since 2003, the Elderly Day Unit raised the most money. They collected £526 by selling homemade cakes and other treats at the Port Talbot League of Friends Fete.
Picture l-r: Sister Lynne Hall; Operational Site Manager, Susan Jones; Port Talbot League of Friends Chairwoman, Vicky Weekes; Win Griffiths, Chairman of ABM; Susan Jones, Elderly Day Unit – Health Care Support Worker; and Port Talbot League of Friends Member, Christine Elward.