Inaugurated in 2003, the Friends of Wistaria Surgery is an independent voluntary organisation whose purpose is to preserve and protect the healthcare of patients and the wider community. The Friends raise funds to buy equipment and to provide support and services for the Surgery that are outside the NHS budget and that directly benefit patients. The Friends raise funds from membership fees, raffles and by organising social activities and provide practical assistance to the Surgery such as help with the annual influenza clinics and maintaining the Surgery’s gardens. In addition, the Friends hold Annual General Meetings, with speakers from the medical profession. All activities take place in the spirit of ‘fun and friendship’ and there is a real sense of working in partnership with the Surgery to promote the welfare of patients. The events are publicised on the Friends noticeboard by the lift in the Surgery’s reception area and on the Friends website.
Members of the Friends can be as involved as they want to be. Many attend the social and fundraising events but do not get involved with the organisation, whereas others like to play a more active part. It is entirely up to the individual. Members who would like to help as a committee member and trustee of the charity are welcome to contact the Friends to learn more.
The Friends also run a Befriending Service which was set up in response to a need identified by the nurses and with the support of the Hampshire Good Neighbours Network. Befrienders offer a ‘listening ear’ to those living isolated lives through ill-health or the loss of a partner. There is a great need for such a service and the ability to meet this challenge is limited solely by the number of volunteers. The Friends are always looking for Befrienders, so if you can spare an hour or two every week or fortnight and feel this is something that you could do, please ring the Friends phone number below and leave a message for the Befrienders Co-ordinator.
Membership application forms are available from the reception desk at the Surgery or if you would like to learn more about the Friends you can telephone 07867 229982 (answerphone), write c/o the Surgery, visit the Friends of Wistaria Surgery website: www.friendsofwistariasurgery.weebly.com or email the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
League of Milford On Sea Hospital & Community Friends
The League of Friends has changed in recent years, with the closure of the beds in the Community Hospital. They still help at various clinics and have organised fitness classes (known as MAPLE) on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, which are very popular. These classes are followed by tea and a chat. There is also a Bathing Service for those who are no longer able to take a bath at home. A Parker Bath, which is easy access, is used. There are helpers available to assist as well. Refreshments are served after the bath.
The League also helps at the Medical Centre with the busy Flu Clinics and serve refreshments in the Hospital. The role of the League of Friends has changed over recent years and much of the new equipment we buy is for use in The Medical Centre, to enable to the doctors and nurses to have more up-to-date diagnostic and treatment equipment. The League also supports Oakhaven Hospice by funding a Clinical nurse Specialist for four years in the Milford, Downton, Everton, Keyhaven and Lymore area. It means that there is now seven day cover.
Any donations to support the League to continue with these much needed services can be sent to the League of Friends at the Hospital and will be placed in the appropriate accounts. We hold three events during the year, Spring Fair, the Garden Party at the Hospital and an Advent Fair and items for sale or prizes and your support for these are very much appreciated. Please support us.