Rotary Club donation to help vulnerable hospital patients

The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes has shown its support for vulnerable people during Falls Awareness Week.

The money they raised this week will benefit Milton Keynes Hospital patients at high-risk of falling, especially those who are elderly or confused, by funding special alarms to be used on wards such as the Stroke Unit.

The pressure-sensitive alarms work under chair cushions and mattresses, alerting staff when a high-risk patient stands up without assistance. They will make a huge difference to busy units such as the Stroke Unit, which has a high number of elderly patients who may be confused and particularly vulnerable to falling over.

The donation was handed over to the hospital on Thursday and follows the annual Rotary Swimathon, which took place on March 9.

Stroke unit manager Edwina Bullens said: “I can’t thank the Rotary enough for their support. These alarms will make a huge difference to our elderly patients and help reduce the risk of falls in such a vulnerable group of patients. Thank you to everyone involved – including all the swimmers who took part in the day.”

Rotarian Sir John Southby is delighted to support a local cause. He said: “Every year The Rotary Club of Milton Keynes looks for a variety of different local charities to support from their annual Swimathon. We try to ensure that a wide range of local needs are supported and were delighted to discover a need at Milton Keynes Hospital for the fall alarm system. The hospital fully met the criteria for the type of charity we were trying to support from the Swimathon and know the alarms will really make a difference.”

The Milton Keynes Hospital Charity welcomes the opportunity to work with local organisations who wish to make a difference to patient care. Groups wanting to get involved should contact Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.