In 2005/6 Shropshire Primary Care Trust (SCPCT) proposed the closure of Ludlow Community Hospital, a move that was opposed by League Of Friends Of Ludlow Hospital . After organising public meetings, petitions and protest marches, The League, together with South Shropshire District Council, appointed specialist consultants to produce an alternative business case. This indicated that the service proposals by SCPCT were flawed and that an affordable alternative could be contemplated. The League wrote to all residents in South West Shropshire, seeking their views, resulting in 6,700 responses in support of retaining the Hospital. Once the threat of closure was removed, The League worked with the NHS to improve or renew the facilities.
League Of Friends Of Ludlow Hospital (Charity No. 513978) is a membership organisation which exists to improve the care and comfort of our patients by providing items of equipment and services that may not be readily available from the NHS. Additionally The League provides some volunteer services, such as morning tea/coffee trolley and a trolley shop to the ward (see the Volunteer button for more info.)
Members are kept up to date by regular newsletters which also informs on local NHS developments. Members’ views and opinions are regularly sampled and represented to appropriate NHS authorities.
In recent years The League has purchased electronic profiling beds and bedside furniture throughout the hospital, funded the purchase of dialysis equipment, ultrasound scanning, visual field testing equipment, heart monitors and much more.
Fundraising - Ludlow Male Voice Choir
On Friday 25th October Ludlow Male Voice Choir presented a medley of choral pieces singing at Ludlow Brewery, and the proceeds of their concert are being donated to The League of Friends of Ludlow Hospital.
This talented Choir entertained their audience in the congenial surroundings of Ludlow Brewery where a musical evening featured much-loved artists including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and Elvis Presley, plus songs from West End musicals “Chess” and “Les Miserables”, and the beautiful Welsh Hymn “Gwahoddiad”, the Canon Lan and Myfanwy.
More information about Ludlow Brewery Co. is available at :- www.theludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk
Information about the Ludlow Male Voice Choir is available at:- https://ludlowmalevoicechoir.weebly.com/
Photo:- Michael Evans