Father Christmas came early to Buckingham Hospital last week, with the delivery of a shiny new Citroen Berlingo, adapted to take a wheelchair, donated by the hospital’s League of Friends.
The new car will be used for things such as home assessments, where staff can assess a patient’s ability to cope in their own kitchen.
It will also make delivering equipment to a patient’s home much easier, in many cases speeding up the patient’s discharge from hospital.
Chairman of the League of Friends, John Wrigley, said: “This is one of the best investments we have made for many a year and represents £12,000 well spent. We are pleased to acknowledge Jeff Lawrence of Buckingham Bicester Ford, who sourced the vehicle.”
The League of Friends is also making a massive contribution of £70,000 towards brand new X-ray equipment for the hospital.
In the new year, Bucks Healthcare Trust will start replacing the hospital’s aged X-ray equipment with new, latest-technology equipment.
Not only will this mean that the radiographer has the best possible equipment to work with. It will also mean that many patients who, in the past, have had to go to Stoke Mandeville for X-rays will now be able to have a much more convenient appointment at Buckingham Hospital.
The total cost of the equipment is about £125,000, plus about £30,000 for work to the room itself.