Since the League was formed in 1963, we have raised and spent over £550,000 to enhance the comfort and well-being of patients and staff at St Barnabas. Some of the major items were:
New Lift * Sluice * Furniture * Beds * ECG machine * Television * Day Centre
Physiotherapy Department * Eye clinic equipment * Chapel window repair
Purchases in the past year:
This year, we have purchased cubicle curtain rails, Stand-Aid equipment, a bath hoist chair, occupational therapy activities/games for dementia patients, patient radios, headphones and TV remotes, patient toiletry kits, 2 Dyson fans for the Outpatient Department, cot bumpers, mattresses and covers, and staff noticeboard.
In October 1997 the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Authority announced plans to save £5million by closing 14 small hospitals including our cottage hospital at St Barnabas with a threat to 50 jobs.
A public meeting was called and the campaign launched by Saltash Town Council, working with the hospital and the league of Friends. The Mayor, Councillor Peter Stephens became chairman. A petition of 10,000 signatures was taken by a delegation from Cornwall to London, for the Secretary of State for Health, Mr Frank Dobson.
At the end of the 3 month period of consultation a candlelit vigil was held outside the hospital and in August 1998 St Barnabas was saved from the threat of closure.
The Mayor commented “The Cornwall Community Health Council agrees with us that instead of being closed down St Barnabas should be expanded and have x-ray equipment”.
And Frank Dobson in acknowledging the poverty, rurality and difficulties with transport in Cornwall said “we want, as far as possible, to provide top quality health services as close as possible to people’s homes.”
2012 saw the introduction of the Expert Patient Programme hosted at the Day Centre. Patients with a long term condition learn more about their condition, medication, help, support and advocacy, giving them a greater level of control and independence. All the patients reported that it was enjoyable and that they got a lot out it. The course was led by two people who, themselves, had a permanent long term condition. Examples of some of the conditions were arthritis, diabetes, heart problems and breathing.
In 2012 the Day Centre was used to host a community workshop to make batik flags which were used with many others at the bottom of Fore Street when the Olympic Torch was carried through. Flags are now available from Saltash Town Council at community events and we used them at our Fun Day.
Later in the year we also hosted a workshop to make paper lanterns, some of over 300 which were carried through the town in procession for the Switch On of The Christmas Lights. Both events were organised by Saltash Town Council.
A beautiful patchwork quilt was donated to the Friends to raise funds for our hospital by a lady in Hampshire in memory of her daughter- in -law, Samantha, who had recently died aged 39 of cancer leaving four children in the care of their of their grandmother. She had been looked after by the District Nurses based at St Barnabas. The nursing care that she received was so much appreciated. Her mother is looking after her children and is pictured here with the quilt. The design was drawn on a grid and people were invited to “buy a patch”. The quilt subsequently went “on tour” during the year and the winning coordinates were drawn at the AGM by the Mayor and Mayoress. The quilt was won by a local lady who said “quilts are made to be seen and admired as well as being used “.
The quilt raised £375 for valuable equipment.
1963 – 2013 – 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
In addition to our usual events, we had an exhibition on display in No 4 Fore Street to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of St Barnabas Hospital and the 50th Anniversary of the League of Friends. This was later displayed at Ashtorre and the Library.
SALTASH “GEMS” WALK
A memorable walk around Saltash looking at some of our fascinating gems followed by a visit to the delightful little chapel at St Barnabas and cream tea in the Day Centre. This popular walk led by Martin Lister is now becoming an annual event.
INCE CASTLE GARDEN OPEN DAY
Ince Castle gardens were open on Sunday 12 May by kind permission of Viscount and Lady Boyd.
A walk was enjoyed around the grounds of this lovely castle on the banks of the beautiful river Lynher with refreshments and plant sales available. This event was organised by the Rotary Club of Saltash.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE AT SS NICHOLAS AND FAITH
A Thanksgiving Service was held at the church of SS Nicholas and Faith by kind permission of the Rev Canon Alan Butler.
Our hospital was first looked after by the nuns from St Mary’s Wantage and then the nuns from St Margaret’s East Grinstead, the patrons being the vicars from SS Nicholas and Faith and St Paul in Plymouth. It is the feast day of St Barnabas on 11 June and he is known as the “Son of Consolation and Encouragement”. The service gave thanks for the work of the hospital in our community for 125 years and the League of Friends for support for 50 years.
SALTASH LADIES CHOIR CONCERT
A concert was given by Saltash Ladies Choir at the church of SS Nicholas and Faith.
A Barn Dance was held at Burraton Community Centre with fun for everyone.
We were honoured by tremendous support from the wider community. Saltash Town Band gave a concert on our behalf, St Anne’s retirement home had a folk dancing evening, and residents of Greenwich Place retirement home made us their charity of the year and gave donations to the League of Friends each month.
Long Service Awards
Badges for long Service Awards are presented to members who have volunteered with the League of Friends for 15 years or more.
Four members we honoured at the AGM in November 2010 and received their badges from the County Chairman Mrs Candy Baker – Mrs Doreen Boustred, founder member, Mr John Honywill, Mrs Doreen Taylor and Mrs Pam Hosking (posthumous).
At the AGM 2012 Mrs Ann Owen was presented with a Long Service Award