Radiology staff at Dewsbury and District Hospital were left despondent when a bid for charity cash for improved patient comforts was turned down.
But that was before they realised help was at hand far closer to home in the shape of celebrated volunteers who give up their time to help the patients of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
They donated the £7,500 required for new high seated chairs, trolleys and other pieces of specialist equipment to improve comfort for radiology patients.
The money came from profits made at the Dewsbury and District Hospital coffee shops which are run by the volunteers.
Sue Barker, Radiology Team Leader at Dewsbury and District Hospital said: “I can’t thank the volunteers enough for their help.
“Their generosity is now speeding up the radiology process for scores of patients every week and providing a far more comfortable experience thanks to the specialised equipment they’ve funded.”
There are nearly 700 volunteers within The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, raising funds primarily through coffee shops and cafés across the Trust’s Wakefield and North Kirklees hospitals.
Heather Walker, Senior Coffee Shop Organiser at Dewsbury and District Hospital, said: “Departments often don’t realise funds are available from the volunteers and we’re hoping more will come forward. If it’s something that will be of benefit to patients it’s likely we’ll consider it.”
Volunteers form an essential part of the Trust’s operations, complementing staff by providing services such as guiding visitors to hospital wards and departments, offering friendship and support to patients, and ensuring that patients are fed timely in protected mealtimes.
Photo caption: Sue Barker, Radiology Team Leader at Dewsbury and District Hospital (far right), receives the equipment from Heather Walker, Senior Coffee Shop Organiser at Dewsbury and District Hospital (fourth from left – front), in the presence of Volunteers and Radiology staff.