Abingdon Community Hospital Vehicle 

Abingdon Community Hospital has had a vehicle to support patient discharge and movement for some time, purchased with help from the League of Friends and the local Lions club.  Unfortunately, in early 2018 it was no longer fit for purpose and the tail lift for patients in wheelchairs was irreparable.  A new vehicle was identified from a local dealer but the cost was not able to be covered by the hospital itself and support was sought from OHC. 

The Charitable Funds Committee voted in favour of supporting the new vehicle and it was purchased with the adjustments required to make it patient friendly in February 2018. 

It has been in use for a few months now and has been really helpful. The ramp and winch are a reliable method of assisting wheelchair users into the van for home visits, we are more confident that this will work better than our previous tail lift which let us down a few times.  Other patients are able to use the seats in the vehicle … being able to see people in their own homes is really helpful in the discharge planning process and tends to build patients’ confidence before returning home.’

The patients have also commented on the comfort provided by the new vehicle, especially the air conditioning over the summer period.

Cotswold House, Oxford 

Following the amazing beard fundraiser (visit our stories page for more information), the community meetings for patients at Cotswold House, Oxford have identified and been able to purchase a number of items to help with their inactive periods.  These have ranged from Netflix and Amazon Fire sticks to a printer/copier to box sets, games and art materials.  The photo below shows some of the arts and crafts undertaken by patients since the new materials have been available. Paul Skott, the fundraiser, has spoken to the patients about the impact of having these funds and reports that the feedback is:

all positive as giving greater autonomy in choice and diversions … the impact has been positive, both in the usage of purchased items and the process itself which led to much hilarity.’