Generous Gift For Rheumatology

Another generous donation from the Friends of Stirling Community Hospital is set to make life a little easier for local rheumatology patients. They have recently donated around £65,000 to NHS Forth Valley and almost half of this has been used to purchase a new ultrasound scanner for the Rheumatology Department.

The new ultrasound scanner was officially presented to local NHS staff by Allan Dewar, Chair of the Friends of Stirling Community Hospital who said: “We are very pleased to have been able to purchase this equipment, particularly for Stirling. The Friends have been going for 70 years and over that time have gifted many items to a total of £850,000.”

Until now, local patients from the Stirling area had to travel to Forth Valley Royal Hospital to receive a scan which required an additional visit to hospital. Now the majority of local rheumatology patients who require an ultrasound scan can have it carried out at the same time as their clinic appointment.

The remaining funds have been used to purchase a new retinal screening scanner which will be used to support patients with diabetes who require regular eye checks.  A special pop up display called a RemPod has also been purchased for the new Bellfield Centre where it will be used to support reminiscence activities with people who have dementia. Staff opted for the display based on a traditional tea room and are looking forward to sharing memories over a welcome cuppa.

Pictured: Mr Dewar (third from right), Rheumatology Consultant, Dr Sara Else (far right) and NHS Forth Valley Chairman, Alex Linkston (third from left) celebrate the arrival of the new scanner with local staff and member of the Friends of Stirling Community Hospital.