OTTERY ST MARY MEDICAL TRUST FUND
Established in 1990 to receive donations and bequests on behalf of the surgery, from patients and their families in acknowledgement of the care and services received from doctors, nurses and support staff at the Coleridge Medical Centre. The Trust provides a facility to receive financial donations to the Practice which can be used to fund specific purchases to assist and enhance the care of patients.
The GP Partners of the Coleridge Medical Centre are Trustees, and the Trust is administered by the Practice Manager. The charity is regulated by the Charity Commissioners (number 1002091) and our accounts are independently audited.
The Trustees consider all requests for purchases to ensure that they meet the criteria set out in the Trust deed before giving approval. Funds are used to purchase specific items of equipment or services which are not generally provided by the NHS.
Donations are always welcome and can be made by contacting the Trust Administrator or any of the GP Partners (The Trustees).
All purchases are considered in terms of their potential benefit for patients and users of the Coleridge Medical Centre sites.
The following list gives examples of purchases made in recent years:
- Vitalograph – for breathing assessments
- Resuscitation equipment
- Nebulisers – for patients with asthma
- Vaccine fridges
- Foetal heart detectors
- High seated chairs for the waiting room
- Syringe drivers – used in terminal care
- Neurothesiometer- for diabetic care
- Additional equipment for Branch Surgeries
- Home blood pressure monitors
- Equipment for minor surgery clinic
- Patient education leaflets
- Patient Information Software for the TV screen in the waiting room
- Blood pressure monitor for the waiting room
OTTERY HELP SCHEME
This is a registered charity set up in 1992. The Help Scheme co ordinates over 90 volunteers in their work assisting others in the community.
The Scheme offers practical help such as driving people to Day Centres and Hospiscare Centres as well as to medical appointments across the region. Visiting and befriending support is also offered to those who are housebound or going through illness or bereavement, nail cutting for those who fall outside NHS Services, a memory café as well as wheelchair hire and individual requests for help. The Help Scheme provides a vital service in our community acting as a bridge for vulnerable people enabling them to access health care.
There is always a need for volunteers and funds to run the service and any support is gratefully accepted. If you would like more information, please telephone 01404 813041 or visit www.otteryhelpscheme.org.uk