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12 December 2007 at 15:45
Over the years, most of the wards and departments at Ormskirk Hospital have benefited from generous donations from the Hospital Shop. For nearly 20 years Audrey Stuart has run the shop together with her husband Ron and a band of very willing helpers.

During the last 12 months, the staff in the Theatre Suite have had good reason to be grateful to Audrey, Ron and colleagues for every time they have a few minutes to spare for a cup of tea or a little something to eat in their rest room, they benefit from the refurbished easy chairs provided by a £1,500 donation.

However, of late they have had even more reason to be grateful as a £40,000 donation has provided much needed additional equipment. This has included, three sets of arthroscopic instruments, a diathermy machine and specialist equipment for upper limb surgery and for ear, nose and throat surgery.

Penny Hipwell, Theatre Manager couldn’t thank Audrey and Ron enough when they paid a visit to the Theatre Suite to see the newly refurbished chairs and the medical equipment. Penny explained, “We need the additional equipment as there are seven theatres in the Suite which are regularly used six days a week.”

In addition to the magnificent sum of money donated to Theatres, proceeds from the Shop has provided £500 to l5 wards and departments throughout the hospital during the last 12 months, including £1,500 to Tiddlywinks Nursery for play equipment.

The Hospital Shop is open 7 days a week for some 11 hours a day and some 60 volunteers are involved in covering this span of hours - quite a staffing achievement.

Pictures shows Audrey Stuart (centre) flanked by Ron Stuart and Penny Hipwell with other members of the theatre staff.

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714