League of Hospital Friends back Chad King’s Mill MRI scanner appeal

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A CHARITY which has raised millions of pounds for hospitals in Mansfield and Ashfield has handed over a vital piece of equipment - and pledged its support for Chad’s life-changing MRI Scanner Appeal.

The big news comes after the League of Hospital Friends (LHF) joined the chairman of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Tracy Doucet and hospital staff to hand over eight patient monitors at King’s Mill Hospital.

At the presentation, which took place on 16th August, chairman of the League John Allin revealed that the charity’s next big project will be raising funds for our ambitious £750,000 campaign.

The state-of-the-art patient monitors are used to monitor a person’s heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and other vital signs when they are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Dr Richard Scott, consultant medical physicist, said: “They monitor a patient’s vital signs and are an absolutely critical piece of equipment for ICU.”

The monitors allow staff to access lab results, while a small monitor can stay with a patient if, for example, they are going for a scan.

The purchase of the monitors was made possible thanks to a £69,000 donation from the League, which has a charity shop in Sutton and another in Forest Town.

Mr Allin said: “The money has been raised by fundraising in the community. We have put on fashion shows and all sorts of things.

“We have also got two charity shops that have raised a lot of money.”

The League supports Millbrook Mental Health Unit, Mansfield Community Hospital as well as King’s Mill and it has raised more than £3million since it was established in 1948.

For more information of the LHF or if you are interested in volunteering call King’s Mill Hospital on Mansfield 622515 ext 6044.

Donations to our MRI appeal can be made by visiting Chad receptions, calling the customer services department at King’s Mill Hospital on 01623 672222, by visiting Sherwood Forest Hospital’s NHS Trust website, through Just Giving or by cheque.

All cheques should be made payable to Sherwood Forest Hospitals Charitable Funds.

See the Chad website for all the latest news on the MRI Scanner Appeal.

If you have a story or are doing a fundraising event for our MRI Scanner Appeal, get in touch with Stephen Thirkill on 01623 450292, by emailing stephen.thirkill@chad.co.uk or via Twitter @StephenThirkill.