Who are we?
The 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.
The main aim of the Executive Committee, volunteers and members of the League Of Friends Of Ludlow Hospital is to improve the care and comfort of our hospital’s patients, visitors and staff above and beyond what is funded and provided by the NHS. The League firmly supports the concept of the provision of the best possible affordable care closer to home. On occasions the League also supports measures to alleviate suffering or emergencies in the local area.
The affairs of the League are managed by a small Executive Committee, whose members are also the Trustees. These appointments are subject to election from time to time at Annual General Meetings. The Executive receives requests from hospital departments via the appropriate hospital management, or from other local health or welfare organisations, and then evaluates the benefit likely to accrue to patients or the local population. Subject to these bids meeting League parameters, approval is given quickly and the appropriate NHS source instructed to procure the equipment or service.
In recent years The League has purchased electronic profiling beds and bedside furniture throughout the hospital, funded the purchase of dialysis equipment, ultrasound scanning, ophthalmic equipment, public access defibrillators throughout Ludlow Town and equipped two First Responders – to a total value of almost £600,000.