Major boost for hospital facilities
A NEW £60,000 ambulance has been donated to Ramsey Cottage Hospital, with the official handing over taking place on Monday.
The patient transfer ambulance was purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends, who said the new facility will help free-up existing ambulances for emergency responses by handling routine transfers between Ramsey and Noble’s Hospital.
The flexible layout allows it to carry a maximum of seven seated passengers; two wheelchairs or a stretcher borne patient.
It is equipped with a defibrillator, LUCAS chest compression equipment, oxygen supply and it can carry an incubator, as well as a lift to allow easy access for patients.
Secretary of the League of Friends, Sharon Quayle said the Ramsey-based ambulance will help with shorter average response times for emergencies.
Chairman of the League of Friends and political member of the Department of Health Leonard Singer MHK, said: ‘The ambulance forms part of the League’s major programme of investment in the hospital that will amount to over £420,000 in the current financial year.
‘The League is very grateful for the support that it receives by way of bequests, donations from individual supporters and from families who ask for charitable donations to be made in lieu of flowers for the funeral of a loved one.’
Minister for Health, David Anderson MHK said: ‘The League’s unwavering commitment to the hospital - in tandem with other charitable organisations - has enabled the Department to develop new facilities here at Ramsey much more quickly than may otherwise have been possible.
‘Ramsey’s hospital remains a key component of health care delivery, not just for the people of Ramsey and the surrounding district, but for all in our community.’
The minister continued: ‘Patient Transport Services provide a crucial facility to our local patients who would otherwise struggle to get to the hospital because of mobility or illness, as well as transferring in-patients to Noble’s Hospital for appointments or urgent care.
‘Investing to improve services is not always easy given the financial constraints faced by government, therefore donations like this enable the department to provide essential care in this important community setting.’
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