Friends' fundraising helps boost hospital
STAFF at Neath Port Talbot Hospital are getting by with a little help from their Friends.
They hosted a visit by members of the Neath League of Friends to thank them for their generosity over the past year.
Fundraisers have collected £24,700 to buy new equipment for the benefit of patients.
The dermatology department has received a new hyfrecator, which uses electrical impulses to disperse fine veins on the face and body.
Outpatients department junior sister Hilja Evans said: "The equipment also has the ability to burn small veins to stop the flow of bleeding, following minor operations.
"On behalf of the dermatology clinic, I would like to thank the league for allowing us to purchase this invaluable piece of equipment, which enhances patient care and comfort on their visit to the department."
Thanks to the Friends' generosity, the hospital has also received a theatres nerve stimulator.
Sister Catherine Thomas explained: "The equipment is used on patients undergoing general anaesthesia, in order to see when they are fully ready to be woken up following their procedure.
"All staff on the theatres recovery department would like to thank the League."
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board chairman Win Griffiths said: "I would like to underline the appreciation of the health board for our Friends' fundraising over the past year.
"The league continuously works hard to provide us with new equipment that benefits our patients — thank you so much."
Mr Griffiths also paid his respects to the late Ray Gwynne, former secretary of the League of Friends, and also welcomed Howard Davies to his new role.
He said: "Ray's hard work and determination over the years was incredible, he will never be forgotten.
"I would like to welcome and congratulate Howard Davies on his new role as secretary. Good luck and all the best for the future."
Mr Davies responded: "Presentations like these are very nice. They make us feel appreciated.
"Most of us have been patients at one time at the hospital, so it's nice to give something back.
"I will do my best to fill Ray's shoes but it's going to be difficult."