News 2014

Christmas Bazaar

The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital raised £2262 with its annual draw and Christmas Bazaar on Saturday (November 22). A variety of stalls were set up in Fairford Community Centre and the event attracted a high attendance of local people. The draw contributed £1,090 towards the total. Said chairman Graham Hewitt: “This was an excellent result, and better than last year. We are grateful to stallholders, visitors and local businesses who donated prizes, all of which helped us to achieve the grand total of £2262.

Home Nursing Service

The Government’s health watchdog has been told by local people that the standard of care provided by a nursing service run by a volunteer service in the East Cotswolds is excellent.

The accolade has been bestowed by people questioned as part of the Care Quality Commission’s inspection of the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital, which provides support to the NHS in Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding villages.

In their report on an inspection carried out recently they quote one person as saying: “The service means people can remain at home… It can mean the difference between meeting people’s wishes to die at home or their having to go into hospital.

The inspectors were told by a local doctor that the League’s service is able to provide the continuity that other services can struggle with, meeting the gaps and providing consistent and responsive care.

Said the League’s chairman, Graham Hewitt: “We are naturally delighted the service has achieved a top ranking, which is due in large part to our excellent nursing team. We are grateful to them and to the community, which responds generously to all our fund-raising efforts.”

July Fundraising Success

We've had two very successful fund raising events in July with the Glos Jazz Swing Band Picnic and the Eastleach House Open Gardens. Both events were extremely well attended and enjoyed by everyone.

The Gloss Jazz Swing Band Picnic raised £1250.00 and the Eastleach House Open Gardens raised £921.40.

Thanks to everyone who enabled these events to take place and to everyone who attended.

Meysey Hampton Fete and Open Gardens

The bric-a brac stall and Open Gardens held on the 7th and 8th June raised £700 for the League of Friends. The chairman, Graham Hewitt thanked all of those involved with the event and especially those who came to view the gardens and enjoy the refreshments in the village hall.

Chair of Gloucestershire Services NHS Trust commends League of Friends Work

The Hospital Friends in the Fairford and Lechlade area are providing a service of care in the community which is held up as a shining example throughout Gloucestershire. Members of the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital were told at their annual meeting that its vision of providing healthcare as close to home as possible had been embraced by the new Health Trust formed to provide care services in the county. And the accolade came from none other than the Chair of Gloucestershire Services NHS Trust, Ingrid Barker, who stressed the League’s work was playing a key role in the delivery of health and caring in the community.

2014 House to House Collection

The Chairman of The League of Friends, Graham Hewitt announced at the recent AGM "I am very pleased to advise that we have collected an amazing £17,347 to date. This is a tremendous result which is due to the hard work and commitment from all our collectors as well as the great support we have in our local community. Well done every one".

Home Nursing Service Inspection
10th March 2014

The Home Nursing service run by the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital has passed its inspection by the Care Quality Commission with flying colours. All six standards required by the regulator of health and social care in England were met and the inspectors found many examples of praise for the service from the public.

The inspection team acknowledged that the service had experienced an increase in demand since the closure of in-patient beds at Fairford leading to a growth in the staff team since the last inspection. The feedback from the families of people using the service was exceptionally positive, says the report, with comments such as “everyone was very kind to me”; “they were absolutely excellent”; and “they are very well trained.”

They found that “the district nursing team were totally supportive of the service“and quoted a district nurse as commenting: “I cannot fault anything they do – they have been a lifeline to us.

The inspection covered areas such as ensuring patients consented when it came to having treatment; care and welfare, ensuring treatment was planned and delivered in a way that was intended to ensure people’s safety and welfare; the management of medicines; and staff qualification and management. There was general agreement among staff, patients and their families that there were no time pressures on staff. They were enabled to deliver a great service and provide whatever support was required without having to rush.

League of Friends chairman, Graham Hewitt commented: “We are really proud of what our nursing team has been able to achieve in providing the care that is so desperately needed.”

To see the the complete inspection report, please follow this link CQC Inspection Report