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Right Arrow Spinal staff fundraise for patients’ day room
07 July 2015 at 13:48
Staff at Southport hospital are raising money to help some of the most severely injured patients treated by the NHS.

The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre is one of eight centres providing spinal cord rehabilitation. It serves people across the North West, including the Isle of Man and as far as Birmingham.

The centre opened at Southport and Formby District General Hospital at Kew in 1991 when it moved from the former Promenade hospital in the town. Facilities for patients include workshops, a full-size sports hall and swimming pool.

Patients who suffer spinal cord injury are referred to the centre for specialist rehabilitation and medical support to enable their transition back into community life.

Staff are raising money to help refurbish the day room. The day room provides patients with an area away from the ward where they are able to dine, watch TV, play games and generally socialise with other patients, staff and volunteers.

Centre manager Emily Hoban said: “The day room is beginning to look its age and the Trust agreed to refurbish it but we want to make it as special as possible for patients which is why we’re raising money.”

A number of personal donations have already been made and the Trust charitable fund will also be making a contribution.

Emily and her team are planning a number of events over the months ahead.

The first is a Strawberry and Sausage barbecue at the centre on Saturday 18th July at 5pm. Tickets are £5 and available by calling 01704 70 4333. All proceeds will go to the day room refurbishment project.

Picture shows staff and patients in the day room which will be shortly refurbished

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.