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The Friends of Kelso Hospital

Kelso Community Hospital was formed in 1992 as a result of the merger of Kelso Cottage Hospital and the Inch Hospital. With the express prurpose of supporting patients and staff in the work of the hospital, the Friends of Kelso Hospital was established to assist in the provision of further amenities through fundraising activities.

Unless you have been a patient or have a relative or friend in the care of the hospital it is possible you were unaware of the work being done there. The hospital staff provide care for patients not only from Kelso but also other areas of NHS Borders. Patients with reduced mobility, possibly after a fall, can be admitted, or for rehabilitation following a stroke, fracture or surgery. Some may require palliative care following infections. Whatever the reason for admission many patients fully appreciate the calmer atmosphere of the Community Hospital which is conducive to the well-being of older people and palliative care patients.

To support the excellent work being done by the hospital the Friends have held regular fundraising events. Additional donations from former patients and their relatives, who have been impressed with the care given at the hospital, have so far helped to raise approximately £90,000.

The Friends and members of staff meet on a regular basis to discuss the needs of the hospital and from a wish list of equipment, the Friends are able to provide some of the items required. All money raised has been used to provide specialised equipment including beds and chairs, wheelchairs, music therapy facilities, televisions, shower chairs, stroke bed/chairs as well as Christmas gifts for patients staying in hospital over the festive period.

The demands on the NHS increase daily and by supplying extra equipment the Friends help to provide for the well-being of both patients and staff.

The Friends of Kelso Hospital always need more people to help with fundraising activities and to bring fresh ideas to the group. If you feel you might be able to contribute in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Mooney on 01573 224900 or Pat Young on 01573 226411. You can be assured of a warm welcome and although we hope you never need the services of Kelso Hospital we are sure you would appreciate being part of a very worthwhile community facility.

Kelso Scotland, Scottish Borders UK