Our Aims

  • To provide a strong community-based voice to help safeguard the long-term future of our local Cottage Hospital
  • To provide additional amenities and specialised equipment to support both staff and patients



In 1963 a public meeting was organised by the Rotary Club of Saltash to consider the future of our local hospital.  In November that year a decision was taken to form “The League of Hospital Friends of St Barnabas Hospital” – the purpose: to raise money and provide extra comforts and facilities for use in the hospital.  The League played a major role in the “Save Our Hospital” campaign when St Barnabas was threatened with closure in 1997.

The charitable organisation continues to achieve a great deal to improve and modernise the Hospital.  The League of Friends also contributed to the establishment of a FULL PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE and has provided or contributed to the purchase of other important and necessary items of equipment and furnishings.  There are also a number of OUTPATIENT CLINICS and a THEATRE FOR DAY SURGERY, so reducing the number of patients who travel into Plymouth and can receive treatment nearer home.

The League of Friends has provided many social and fundraising events over the years, raising in excess of £550,000 to purchase much needed equipment and comforts.  This not only assists the nursing staff to provide a high level of nursing care but also helps maintain patients’ comfort, safety and recovery.

What we do

  • Arrange a calendar of events including our spring and autumn coffee mornings to raise funds, meet people and raise awareness of our hospital and League of Friends
  • Support and attend community events such as May Fair and Saltash Regatta

Who we are

We are a committed group of volunteers who give of our time to support the Hospital and the services provided:

  • Rehabilitation and convalescent beds
  • Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
  • Day case surgery
  • Diverse range of Outpatient Clinics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Base for specialist teams who care for patients at home

What next?

We aim to continue to provide support for the Hospital and to raise our profile in the community of Saltash and district.

Health care provision is changing.  There is a compelling argument to utilise the present and increase the future provision of health services at a local level.