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Thursday 23 March 2017

First hoist is installed at community hospital

DRIVE TO RAISE €250,000 COMES TO FRUITION

ELAINE FURLONG

Nurse Ann Scanlon and carer Pauline Bennett giving a demonstration of one of the new hoists.
Nurse Ann Scanlon and carer Pauline Bennett giving a demonstration of one of the new hoists.

FOLLOWING A €250,000 fundraising drive, the first ceiling hoist has been installed in New Ross Community Hospital.

Works to install these hoists began last Monday with the first hoist fitted on Tuesday. It is expected that all the works will be completed in the space of a month.

When completed there will be one hoist in each of the hospital's 11 rooms. In the large wards there will be two hoists installed.

According to Frances Ryan, chairwoman of the hospital's voluntary board of directors, when installed these hoists will greatly enhance the quality of care in the hospital, assist patient mobility, while respecting and maintaining their dignity, and will greatly help staff in their day to day duties.

The hospital has appointed architect Adam Hall of Adam Hall Architecture, who previously designed the Day Room, as project manager to oversee the installation of these hoists. Also involved in this new development are Arjohuntleigh (Ireland) Ltd, a specialist company contracted to install the hoists, health and safety co-ordinator Barry Murphy of Safety Made Easy and consulting structural engineers John Creed of John Creed and Associates.

Works on this project were able to begin much earlier than expected thanks to an overwhelming level of support received for the €250,000 fundraising appeal, which was initiated in 2009 to raise substantial funds to install ceiling hoists throughout the hospital.

The fundraising committee exceeded its ambitious fundraising target a year earlier than expected due to the incredible response to their fundraising endeavours and very generous donations from the public.

The initial fundraising drive was launched in April 2009 after a newly formed fundraising committee came together to mark the hospital's 20th anniversary. The committee set a target to raise a quarter of a million euro by 2012. However, a fantastic public response to the appeal, fundraisers too numerous to mention, and an €85,000 grant from National Lottery funding meant the fundraising target was reached in 2011.

This latest appeal's success is testament to the importance people hold the hospital within the local community.

Unlike Hse-run hospitals, the Community Hospital relies on the community to keep it going and throughout its 22-year history has relied heavily on volunteerism. It is a unique facility in Ireland as it is literally run by the people, for the people.

New Ross Community Hospital is a registered charity run by a voluntary board of directors and relies on grant aid from the Health Service Executive, funding through the National Treatment Purchase Fund, minimal patient fees, and private donations and contributions.

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