I took over as Chairman of the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital (FoEH) in January 2016 from Peter Nash, who held the post for 10 years and led the Friends in raising £8 million during that time; I hope to at least match that success. I am pleased to report that in the financial year 2016-17 the charity raised over £1 million – a fantastic achievement.
The FoEH is a registered charity founded in 1948 at the time of the establishment of the NHS and since then has contributed hugely to the hospital service by providing much needed equipment, resources and amenities for patients, staff and visitors.
Some have questioned why raise money for a hospital that has lost some services? Well, Eastbourne DGH has one of the biggest Stroke Units in the country, as well as being a Regional Centre for Urology Cancer – both of which have come about with the financial support of the Friends. It also has a brand new Radiotherapy Unit which opened in June 2017 which is already making a positive difference to patients undergoing treatment for cancer. So the hospital, although different, is thriving and our support will make all the difference.
In 2019 we are raising £500,000 to provide equipment for both the outpatient Urology Investigation Suite (UIS) and an Enhanced Care Unit, which will provide enhanced care for urology and surgical patients, including those who may have had operations using the Da Vinci Robot, purchased by the FoEH in 2015. Please support the Friends with this in any way you can.
Dr Harry Walmsley
Registered Charity Number: 220592