Welcome to the
Friends of Richardson Hospital web site.
The Friends of Richardson
Hospital is a registered charity which seeks to provide amenities and services
that are not normally available through the NHS, for example,
- Amenities to enhance the patient experience such as
Sunday papers, Christmas gifts for patients and free television and bedside phones
- Enhancing the environment for staff, patients and visitors as a lot of people give money in
appreciation of the care they or their family have received
- State of the art equipment that the Hospital budget
simply wont’ stretch to buy such as the Primo bath, the "Hoverjack" to deal with falls, refrigerators for cool drinks in the single rooms.
- New equipment and resources for the outpatient clinics such as physiotherapy,, podiatry and occupational therapy.
People often don’t realise
how much these things cost, recent purchases such as the Primo bath and Hoist
cost £15,000 and a pressure-relieving mattress over £3,000. Everything has to
be purchased from approved suppliers so it is fireproof and safe to use for
both staff and patients.
Everyone who works for the
Friends is a volunteer and all the money raised is spent on the Hospital.
We try to cover running costs as much as possible through private and business
sponsorship and all our fund-raising events and initiatives make a profit.
All the money we have is
raised locally and spent locally. We are here to give Teesdale the best
Hospital money can buy, and we need your help to do it.