There is a very active Friends of Fairford and Lechlade Communities Charity. The in-patient beds at the hospital may have closed but the Friends continue to provide a number of highly valuable services to support patients in the local community The Chairman, Graham Hewitt, would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in assisting with any of these important voluntary activities. He can be contacted on 01285 851022 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK WITH PROSPECT HOSPICE, WROUGHTON In April 2008 a pilot scheme was established to allow patients registered with the Fairford and Lechlade GP practices to have access to the excellent care and support provided by Prospect Hospice, both at the hospice and in the home. This has been very successful and has been extended into 2012/13.
The Friends Charity Shop, Lloyds Chambers, High Street, Lechlade is open for business from 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday and 10am -1pm on Saturdays.
Volunteers are always required to assist - if you feel you are able to help in any way please contact Graham Hewitt– contact details can be found on their website:
SUPPORTING OUTPATIENT SERVICES -
At the end of 2008, the Friends donated funds towards the setting up of new digital X-ray facilities at Fairford Hospital. This now provides X-rays for patients seen in both the Consultant clinics and GP referrals.
HOME NURSING SERVICE
This works in cooperation with the NHS district nurses and is particularly for patients who are seriously ill and wish to stay at home. The doctor may advise whether this is appropriate.
FOOT CARE SERVICE
This service supplements the existing NHS podiatry service so more patients can have foot and nail treatments. Many older people struggle to cut their toe nails and this service, funded by The Friends, helps fill the gap in the services provided by the NHS.
VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE
This service is provided by voluntary drivers who transport patients to the Surgery or Hospital appointments when it is not possible for family or friends to take them. A charge is made to cover costs and is dependent on the mileage involved. Additional voluntary drivers who are able to take patients to Swindon, Gloucester, Cirencester or Cheltenham are urgently required. If you are interested in helping, please leave your name & telephone number with reception or contact Graham Hewitt on 01285 851022 / email@example.com
DRUG DELIVERY SERVICE
The Friends run a drug delivery service for elderly or disabled patients living more than two miles from the practice, whose drugs are dispensed by the practice and who are unable to get to the Surgery to collect their drugs
THE EDNA DAWES LUNCH CLUB
Meets every Monday and Wednesday at Fairford Hospital.Transport can be provided. Coffee and lunch along with some social activities are provided for a small charge.