Our Supported CharityFriendS of King's College Hospital
The Friends of King’s charity provides amenities and comforts for patients and staff at the Trust, as well as medical aids and teaching equipment.
They were set up as a voluntary organisation in 1917 and rely on regular donations from their members and the help of their volunteers. They also raise money throughout the year through various fund-raising activities.
Over the years, they have probably contributed to every ward, department or outpatient clinic in the hospital. All requests for funds are considered at their committee meetings.
How they support King’s
Their activities aim to support King’s patients and staff, whether through providing a service or raising money – and often both.
What they provide
These are just a few the contributions they have made to King’s over the years, thanks to numerous donations.
Refurbishing key patient areas
They have contributed £200,000 towards the costs of transforming Marjory Warren ward into a unique, sensory environment for older people, including those with dementia. The new sensory day room on the ward has been named after long-term supporter of the charity, Rosa Davis, without whose legacy this transformation would not have been possible.
Providing equipment to support patient care
This includes safety testing equipment for patients with breathing problems who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines at home, meaning patients have to spend less time in hospital. They have also supplied auto-tilt chairs for Critical Care Units and bladder ultrasound scanners for numerous clinical areas.
Helping to improve the patient and visitor experience
They have provided televisions and Nintendo games consoles for children on Princess Elizabeth Ward plus furniture and pictures for day rooms for various wards. In association with their charity, Kingsfishers, they have also helped to provide fold-up beds for parents who stay with their children overnight.
Helping to keep patients and their belongings safe
They are supporting the initiative by the Trust’s Police Liaison Officer, Graham Alldus, to encourage inpatients to use security pouches. These can be bought from their Gift Shop and the Trolley Shop. They are big enough to hold cash, house keys and a mobile phone and patients can keep them with them when they go for investigations, surgery or other care.
Supporting the Friends Stroke Unit
They provide equipment to improve patients’ overall care and experience on the unit. They also provide books and training equipment for the team.
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