From the President, Dr Colin Randall MD MRCP FRCGP
It was a great honour to be invited to become the President of the League of Friends in 2010 on the retirement of Bill Gall, who has given so many years of sterling service to St Barnabas as Consultant Surgeon and then President of the League of Friends.
St Barnabas has always been very important to me. The existence of a thriving Cottage Hospital was one of the main reasons for my enthusiasm to join the Saltash Doctors’ Practice in 1971. In those days the local GPs admitted acute medical patients and covered the casualty department. People valued their local hospital, and being cared for there was less threatening than a trip over the water to Plymouth.
However times have changed, in many ways for the better. Patients from South East Cornwall are now admitted to Derriford Hospital for acute illnesses and surgery. Hospital stays are shorter with more intensive high tech investigations.
St Barnabas has been developed for rehabilitation and convalescent care, day care surgery, Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), and a diverse number of outpatient clinics have been increased greatly. St Barnabas continues to be a highly valued community hospital and is an important part of the health care of the people of Saltash, Callington and St Germans.
From the Chairman, Joyce Mepsted
I have been a Mayor of Saltash, a County Councillor, and have worked with children with special educational needs, their families and professional team. I very much value the support and contribution made by volunteers and friends in our local community of Saltash and surrounding area.
The League of Friends of St Barnabas Hospital was formed to provide support, additional amenities and specialist equipment to improve the wellbeing of the patients and the work of the staff. We are here to encourage and build a strong community-based voice to help safeguard the long-term future of our local Cottage Hospital which provides so many valued services for us.
Throughout the year we hold a variety of social and fundraising events, both to raise money and to raise awareness of the Friends, the Hospital and its services. Our dedicated Committee with a group of willing volunteers work hard to achieve these aims and I thank them sincerely for all the work that they do.
We are always looking for help and support. So why not come and join us, or pop in on our next event? You will receive a warm welcome!