Almost £90,000 in grants is set to benefit patients cared for by services across the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

The funds, donated by The Friends of West Suffolk Hospital charity, will provide items aimed at improving patient care.

The grants vary in amount, ranging from under £100 to more than £20,000, collectively totalling £89,249.

Sarah Steele, treasurer of The Friends, said: “We are very pleased to have donated just under £90,000 in 2023 for projects around the Trust.

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"These grants were made possible by donations and legacies made to The Friends, and by patients and staff supporting the service we offer through the Friends shop, online shop and trolley service.

"We thank each and every one of you. We would also like to thank My Wish Charity which joined with us to part, or wholly, fund some of the requests.”

These funds have been allocated to various departments, clinics, and services.

This includes anaesthesia, CT scanning, and the emergency department.

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Items funded include portable ultrasound scan probes, a phlebotomy chair, and a vital signs machine.

Other recipient services include neonatal, paediatrics, speech and language therapy, surgical, and wheelchair services.

Dr Ewen Cameron, chief executive of the WSFT, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I’d like to thank the Friends of West Suffolk Hospital for these generous donations, which will bring real benefits to so many of our patients.

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"The continued support of The Friends, and the hardworking volunteers, is greatly valued, as are the donations and legacies from our community.

"It is good to know that so many of the items provided by these grants are already on their way to our services, contributing to the care provided by our staff.”