Patients and relatives who live a long way from Salisbury District Hospital and need short term accommodation can now benefit from a major £200,000 refurbishment to the two on-site bungalows.
The bungalows were built by the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends in 1980 and 1994 to support relatives of patients who use the hospital’s regional services and the refurbishment has been funded by the League, with support from the Stars Appeal.
Each bungalow has a fully fitted kitchen, lounge and six en-suite twin bedrooms, which are available 24 hours a day.
Photo Opportunity: The media are invited to the re-opening of the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends bungalows at 3pm on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Please contact Patrick Butler to confirm attendance (details below).
David Stratton, Chairman of Salisbury Hospital League of Friends said: “The League of Friends has been supporting healthcare in Salisbury for over 60 years. The building of the bungalows was a major investment that provided invaluable help and support to families from far away who needed short term accommodation at Salisbury District Hospital. Since they were built, both bungalows have been heavily used and appreciated by patients and relatives, but were in need of updating and refurbishment. All areas have all been modernised, with new furniture, kitchen and bathroom fittings and tastefully decorated to provide people with a true ‘home from home’ setting.”
Since it was founded in 1954, the League of Friends has raised over £2 million - significantly more in today’s money - which has helped provide excellent new facilities and vital new equipment that supports hospital services.
In the 1980s, £58,000 was donated by the League of Friends to give all new wards top of the range specialist high/low baths, together with the two hospital bungalows. Other projects cover a wide range of facilities and equipment including additional funding for a dedicated obstetric theatre, vascular unit and maternity services, as well as support for the Stars Appeal’s major fundraising campaigns such as the keyhole surgery theatre, CT scanner campaign and the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), when the League provided funding to set up a family room.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: “Over the last 60 years the Salisbury Hospital League of Friends has provided invaluable support to local healthcare, from the early days when services were spread across the city, to today where the focus is on Salisbury District Hospital. We are enormously grateful to all the support that they have given over the years and the refurbishment of the bungalows is just one example of the value of the League to the hospital and the local community and the significant additional support that they give to our patients.“
The League of Friends relies wholly on charitable donations to help fund additional items within the hospital. If you would like to make a donation please contact the Chairman of the League of Friends, David Stratton, by telephone (01722 329720), or write to him c/o The League of Friends’ Shop, Salisbury District Hospital, Odstock Road, Salisbury, SP2 8BJ email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website: www.leagueoffriends.salisbury.nhs.uk