Celebrating more than 30 years of support from Friends of BGH

The Friends of Borders General Hospital have been very busy during Covid times, supporting NHS Borders staff and patients at the hospital by purchasing equipment, toys and furniture for ITU, X-ray and the Children’s Ward.

By Dawn Renton
Thursday, 27th August 2020, 6:00 am

There are two people who have run many miles despite all the restrictions that have been in place and have managed to raise enough money to purchase much-needed equipment.

Carly Raeburn, completed a Garden Half Marathon, raising £1,270.

She said: “It was much harder than I thought.”

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She was encouraged daily by the support she had from her husband and children who cheered her on.

Carly felt she couldn’t have done it without them.

Firefighter Flora Johnston, has only recently recovered from Covid19.

Flora ran the seven miles from her front door to the entrance of Borders General Hospital every day throughout May - more than 200 miles raising £2,533.75.

She said: “I’ve always been a keen runner and was meant to be taking part in the Edinburgh 10km, but this will be something else entirely.

“I feel lucky to be recovered now, and this will keep me motivated to help the Friends of BGH during this difficult time. Being able to support a brilliant local charity means a lot to me.”

The local NFU Mutual has very kindly donated £3000 to the Friends of BGH which will be spent on refurbishing the staff rooms in wards 7 and 4.

Staff on the wards are delighted to hear of this much -needed upgrade.

X-Ray Department

One radiographer said: “We have had to create a safe place for staff to have their breaks, especially at night during the long shifts.

“Staff can sit and take off their masks for a short while, this is such a relief. We’ve now created a comfortable rest area.

“We are so grateful for all of the furniture and equipment we have received from the Friends.

“Staff morale has been at an all time low, I really think this is going to make such a difference, we all have big smiles on our faces since the kitchen equipment and furniture has arrived.

ITU Transfer Scale Board

The transfer board will be used to safely transfer patients from trolley to bed without causing added stress and exertion in critically ill patients.

The extra benefit of this board is that it has a facility to weigh patients and record height at the time of transfer.

This is vital information to calculate drug dosing, ventilator settings and tube feeding regimes.

At the moment staff have to estimate weights in patients who are too ill to get out of bed onto conventional scales.

This innovative piece of equipment, invented in NHS Scotland, has already been a huge success.

Patients have already benefited and the staff are delighted. Having an accurate weight for a patient is crucial to their care.

Dr Jonathan Aldridge and Charge Nurse Lynsey Russell, Clinical Director and Consultant in Anaesthetics and Critical Care at Borders General Hospital passed on their thanks on behalf of all the staff in ITU

Children’s Ward

Tracey Millin, Play Assistant, Ward 15 said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of BGH for purchasing the sensory toys. They have been a valuable resource for children with a variety of needs, helping them cope with their stay in hospital. Thanks again from all the staff and patients on ward 15.”

The Friends of BGH have been supporting the hospital for more than 30 years.

Chair of the Friends James Marjoribanks said: “We are very proud to help NHS Borders look after patients and staff.

“The achievements over the last 30 years have been astounding, the public have been amazing with their imaginative ways of fundraising.

“We offer our continued support and are willing to take on the challenge of the odd race or climb if it means helping patients have a smooth and caring journey during their stay in hospital.”

If you would like to support the friends please visit the Just Giving page and Facebook – www.justgiving.com/friendsofbgh and www.facebook.com/fobgh.