The Caldbeck Surgery Charitable Fund was established in March 1992 to:
- Relieve suffering and preserve and safeguard the health of all persons by the purchase of medical equipment, dressings, drugs and services not normally provided by the National Health Service for the benefit of patients of Caldbeck Surgery and others,
- Promote health education by the provision of equipment and materials for educational purposes at Caldbeck and elsewhere.
Many of you will be aware that, following its formation in 1992, the Trust has been able, over the years, to provide many items of equipment for the surgery and to provide equipment for the use of patients in their own homes. In the 5 years since our last newsletter in 2010, we have spent just over £30,000 of which £12,500 has been contributed towards the running costs of the Northern Fells mini bus which provides a much needed service within the five parishes.
More recently the Turst has been able to provide an Ipad which the doctors use for home visits, and are, therefore, able to record patient information which can then be transferred electronically to the patient’s record back in the surgery.
In the early years of the Trust, there were a large number of requests for items to help patients in their homes, such as bath aids; the NHS is now providing a lot more of these useful and helpful personal items. The Trust has moved on to provide different help to patients in the form of monitoring equipment of various sorts which are normally only available in hospital. This has helped both the surgery staff and has meant that many patients are spared the often lengthy trip to hospital with its accompanying transport and parking problems.
This equipment has included:
A Coagucheck machine which allows District Nurses to monitor housebound patients to prevent strokes.
An ECG machine, which provides high quality results which can be uploaded to the Surgery computer, and forwarded to hospital if necessary.
A Feno monitor, which is an aid in the diagnosis of asthma.
Two Blood Pressure Ambulatory monitoring machines, which aid a more accurate diagnosis.
All of this equipment, at a total cost of £5,200, enables the practice to offer an enhanced and more efficient service to its patients. The Trustees, thanks to the many generous donations received by the Trust, continue to work closely with the Doctors and the Practice Manager to provide much needed equipment for the benefit of the community.
The Trust has also given donations towards the cost of defibrillators in several local villages and to the First Responders. The Trust has recently given a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance which has provided assistance on several occasions within the local parishes.
The current Trustees of the Surgery Fund are Ernest Teasdale (Chairman), Michael Bohling (Treasurer), Anne Cartmell (Secretary), David Ward, Doreen Gleed, Monica Whitson and Marjorie Watson.
If you would like to make a donation to the Caldbeck Surgery Charitable Fund then please follow these instructions.
- Mark your donation for the attention of the treasurer, Mr Michael Bohling.
- Cheques to be made out to ‘Caldbeck Surgery Charitable Fund’.
- Cash and coin collections are also acceptable.
If you prefer you can make donations anonymously, otherwise please ensure we have the details of whom the donation is from (or on behalf of) as we always like to write and thank all who donate.
The charity is well supported by patients, their relatives and friends. The Trustees meet quarterly to consider requests for funding. Any such requests may be given to any of the Trustees, the Secretary or Treasurer or sent to the Charity at:
Telephone: 016984 78254
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