The Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital are a charitable organisation which celebrated its 70th birthday in 2015.
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When our elderly and vulnerable patients leave hospital it can be difficult to be sure they have basic supplies for their first few days at home.
Following a suggestion from a member of the RCHT team, wards are now able to request a Discharge Basics Pack to provide that extra helping hand for patients returning home.
The packs containing items such as bread rolls, cereal, toilet roll, tea, coffee and milk have been funded for the next three months by the Covid19 Fund of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.
The Discharge Packs form part of a wider initiative from the Voluntary Services to provide additional support to patients returning home with the creation of the new role of Discharge Support Volunteer.
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forch.org.uk We support the NHS at Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, with donations for equipment and staff facilities that the NHS cannot supply.
FROM CHACEWATER BAKERY
Working alongside other fantastic businesses such Rodda's Creamery & Tiptree Jam Factory & Museum, Carters Packaging Ltd and BJ Press we aim to show our appreciation to our NHS staff. All proceeds will be donated to Friends of Royal Cornwall Hospital. Due to the volume of orders.....
all proceeds of boxed cream teas throughout June will be donated to this charity.
We have been receiving orders for deliveries to other keyworkers. If you wish to make an order to show your appreciation please email [email protected].
.. Angela and Rachel (picture below) distributing uniform bags in the Chaplaincy Hub at Trelawny entrance.
Treats are also being distributed to staff - thank you to the chaplaincy team and their volunteers…. this is a message I received from Diana: “just had a lovely bar of chocolate from Friends of RCH after a long shift – what a treat xx”.
We wanted to share our song with our RCHT colleagues and we hope that it offers a little support and hope during these challenging times. The music was writt...
Challenge to all Volunteers – for next week’s edition of Keeping in Touch we would like to run a Virtual RCH (not RHS) Plant display. Take a picture of a plant that you have in your garden/window box/seen in the hedge etc. send it the Voluntary Services Office email address:
Thank you to the children of Chacewater and surrounding area who took up the challenge and filled Chacewater Bakery with Rainbow pictures so that Key Workers driving through the village could see the support they have.
Because the windows were filled with many to spare, Chacewater Bakery have kindly donated £100 to the Friends of RCH.
Treating the Staff around the Royal Cornwall hospital site.
The Chaplaincy Team are aiming to be at exits/entrances of the hospital -and there are many!! The team say thank you to staff as they leave a shift and to welcome staff coming onto a night shift. This has been very well received and here is a picture of a trolley put out on one of the evenings with little goodies from the Friends of RCH.
Absolutely amazing. Well done choir.
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We are proud that we can continue to provide volunteer support and are thankful for all those who continue to come onto site and have also been working remotely – Thank you one and all.
Rob has been one of our regular volunteers whilst also studying for his B Tec at Truro College. He wanted to gain experience working in a health environment as he is considering joining the Army Medical Reserves.
For the past 7 weeks he has regularly been working in the Headland Unit on Thursday mornings. He says it is the highlight of his week. In these unprecedented times, it gives him some normality to his week. He also meets up for lunch (social distancing themselves of course) with a fellow student on his course who volunteers in the Hospitals Little Shop the same morning.
At the beginning of “Lockdown” Friends of RCH were asked by the Consultants to provide two picnic tables for them to use so they could sit outside for a short break from their ward duties. One pictured in place – they are hoping to get the grass cut soon!
Support for our NHS and Key workers We are all showing our gratitude on a Thursday evening at 8pm but one of our committee members decided to say "Thank You to the NHS" in their own way as they have no neighbours in their hamlet - the letters light up between 8-30pm until 11-59pm.
The Little Shop and Discharge Bag distribution is continuing in the Knowledge Spa and more volunteers have been welcomed. The small freezer that we own in our Coffee Bar is being loaned to The Shop so that bread rolls can be stored for fresh for distribution in the discharge bags.
We would like to ask the children of Chacewater if they would like to paint or draw us a rainbow to go in our window as a lot of keyworkers drive through Chacewater. Our thought is to fill all of our windows with rainbows to show our appreciation. When we have all the windows in the front of our shop full we will donate £100.00 to the Friends of The Royal Cornwall Hospital. Please only drop your rainbow in if a parent is getting some essential goods or taking some exercise or email your rainbow to [email protected]. Keep safe everybody!🌈
A little gift from Friends if RCH
Thanking you for all you are doing to support patients and each other in these difficult times.
[04/06/20] As Friends we have donated all the stock of biscuits from our complimentary drinks areas to a “freebie” table being set up in the Common Room in Knowledge Spa alongside a shop for staff. This is going to be manned by volunteers as from Today! We think that when we return to “normality” we will not be serving loose biscuits anymore!
Thank you to those who have been writing letters. Please could you email to [email protected].
(Better than post,because of the virus)
Thank you so much.
Many of you may have seen Sarah Chaplin on Spotlight asking people to hand write a letter to a patient who is not able to have visitors. These letters will be laminated, and one given to every patient to show that they are being thought about. If you address and post your envelope to The Chaplaincy (Patient Letter) Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Treliske, Truro, TR1 3LJ (please do not ask them to “get well soon “as in reality some will not be able to do so)
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We're are asking local people and holidaymakers for support as we head into one of the busiest weekends of the year.
“If people are feeling unwell we’d really urge them to seek help early, rather than waiting for symptoms to worsen. A trip to the pharmacy, a visit to the GP or a call to 111 for advice could avoid admission or a trip to hospital,” says Emergency Department Consultant, Dr Anna Shekdar.
“For a wide range of minor problems and injuries we’ve got a fantastic network of minor injury units around the county and our Urgent Treatment Centre at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance is open 24 hours every day.
“We’d also ask anyone who has a relative in hospital, who just needs a little bit of extra care and support to be able to go home, to consider if they could provide that care so that we can free up space for new emergencies arriving at our hospitals.
“The period between Christmas and New Year is always a pinch point for us and it’s really about making sure people know that there is a wide range of services here for them to choose from, including out of hours GP services and pharmacies available every day, including the Bank Holidays. If we all get help early and make the right choices, we can reduce the risk of very long waits and corridor queues, and you’ll be helping hospital staff to keep our patients safe.”
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Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals’ chairman Beatrice Dyer met with Assistant Practitioner for Clinical Oncology Liz Betts last week to receive delivery of a new Simple-Up patient lift platform.
The purchase of the equipment, which cost over £9000, was made possible through donations from the Friends of the RCH. “These are the little things that make all the difference” adds Beatrice, who oversaw delivery of the new equipment to the Sunrise Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. “Equipment like this is incredibly important. It not only assists health and safety it also benefits people’s comfort and adds to the patient experience.”
royalcornwall.nhs.uk A step in the right direction - Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital donate new radiography lift platform to assist patient care
[11/04/19] A big THANK YOU to Chacewater Bowling Club for hosting a beautiful roast beef lunch followed by trifle in aid of the Friends of RCH Treliske. All proceeds made to go towards a bladder scanner for Theatre Direct at RCH.
HELPFORCE PATZY AND LAWRENCE – Congratulations to Patzy Dalby, Young Volunteer Coordinator for receiving her ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Helpforce Event last week.
MAISY and MUM – Huge congratulations to our very own Maisy Vincent for winning the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award for her support for people with dementia at RCHT. What an inspirational young lady.
HELPFORCE CORNISH GROUP – ‘The Cornish Group’ and their families at the Helpforce Awards which was held in London last Friday. What a fantastic afternoon, we are so proud of volunteers and the team
HELPFORCE 3 Winners: Maisy Vincent and John Nunn along with Patzy Dalby our Young Volunteer Coordinator proudly showing off their awards at the Helpforce Event last week with the Chief Executive, Mark Lever
[10/17/19] If you are in the Carnon Downs area near a Truro on Saturday morning, call into the village hall and support our coffee morning. Lots of homemade delicious cooking will also be in sale. Every penny raised goes to support our hospital.
It was a day of gratitude on Phoenix Ward as Senior Physiotherapist Deborah Cock met with members of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro to receive delivery of a brand-new HydroTilt CareFlex rehabilitation chair.
The chair was purchased through funds raised during the past year by the Inner Wheel Club and donated to the Friends of the RCH. Chairman of the Friends RCH Beatrice Dyer described it as “An all singing, all dancing piece of equipment that provides support to patients with a variety of ailments.”
royalcornwall.nhs.uk It was a day of gratitude on Phoenix Ward as Senior Physiotherapist Deborah Cock met with members of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro to receive delivery of a brand-new HydroTilt CareFlex rehabilitation chair.
Members of staff from the Tennvennek Unit would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital for the purchase of over a hundred plush teddy bears.
Since the arrival of the teddies, the MRI team have seen a reduction in the number of children requiring anaesthetic before their scan, which is a great example of how donations like this can have a positive impact on patient care.
royalcornwall.nhs.uk Members of staff from the Tennvennek Unit would like to say a big thank you to the Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital for the purchase of over a hundred plush teddy bears.
A new category for volunteers in this Year’s awards. Get nominating!
Nominations are now open for our new look 'Brilliant You' staff awards.
For this year's annual awards we've revamped and extended the number of categories to give more opportunities to recognise RCHT teams and individuals for the brilliant work they've been doing over the last year.
The categories are:
• Student/Apprentice of the Year
• Brilliant Health Professional
• Brilliant Support/Administration Colleague
• Brilliant Team
• Leader of the Year
• Patient Safety Champion
• Innovator of the Year
• IWL ‘Joy in Work’ Award
• Mover & Shaker of the Year
• Fundraiser of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Partnership Working Award
• Budding Brilliance
It's easy to make a nomination, just fill out the online form and include 300-400 words about why your nominee deserves to win. We want to see more entries than ever this year and for the awards to be truly inclusive. They are open to everyone, working in any role within our hospitals, including our Mitie colleagues and volunteers. Anyone can make a nomination, staff, patients or members of the public.
The year's winners will get VIP invites to The Festival of Brilliant You at Scorrier House on 12 October where we will be presenting the awards on the main stage and they'll have access to a VIP marquee!
There will be three winners in each category and everyone nominated will be receiving a certificate of recognition.
Nominations close at midnight on Friday 20th September, so don't delay in getting your entries in now!
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The Friends of the Royal Cornwall Hospital (“we”) promise to respect any personal data you share with us, or that we get from other organisations, and keep it safe. We aim to be clear when we collect your data and not do anything you wouldn’t reasonably expect.
What information do we collect about you?
This information will typically include your name, postal address, e-mail, telephone and your bank details if you are supporting us financially.
Where it is appropriate we may also ask for:
· Information relating to your health (for example if you are taking part in a high risk event)
· Why you have decided to donate to us. We will never make this question mandatory, and only want to know the answer if you are comfortable telling us.
Where we collect information about you
We collect information in the following ways:
· When you give it to us DIRECTLY – You may give us your information in order to sign up for one of our events, tell us your story, make a donation or when you communicate with us.
· Third Party Organisations – Your information may be shared with us by independent event organisers, for fundraising sites like Just Giving or Virgin Money Giving but only if you have indicated you would like to support us.
· Information available publicly – This may include information found in places such as Companies House and information that has been published in articles/ newspapers.
How is your information used?
Developing a better understanding of our supporters through their personal data allows us to make better decisions, fundraise more efficiently and, ultimately, helps us to reach our goal of enabling care that supports the work that is undertaken at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske site) and for the people of Cornwall.
We will mainly use your data to:
· Thank you for your donation.
· Administer your donation or support your fundraising, including processing gift aid.
· Keep a record of your relationship with us and record any contact that we have with you.
· Ensure we know how you prefer to be contacted.
· Provide you with the services, products or information you have requested.
· With your consent we will send you occasional information on the work of the charity, to ask for support or send information about fundraising activities and events.
From May 2018, we will only send marketing communications to those who have explicitly stated that they are happy for us to do so via their preferred channel(s) (email, phone or post).
Our communications include information about our latest developments and fundraising activities and campaigns that may be of interest. If you would like to receive such communications but have not opted in please contact us on 01872 253737 or [email protected] If you no longer wish to hear from us then please just let us know, all of our communications will contain an easy way to change your preferences.
How we keep your data safe and who has access
We ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal details. Your information is only accessible by appropriate committee members.
We will never sell or swap your personal details with other organisations for their marketing purposes. We may be required to disclose personal information if required to do so by law, for example for fraud prevention.
If we are using an external organisation to run an event on our behalf such as an overseas charity challenge, we would only pass on your contact details with your explicit consent and for that organisation to send you information relating to that event only. We will only ever share your data in other circumstances if we have your explicit and informed consent.
Accessing and updating your personal information
We really appreciate it if you let us know if your contact details change.
You have a right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you. If there are any discrepancies in the information we provide, please let us know and we will correct them.
Changes to this policy
If you wish at any time to withdraw your consent please contact us on 01872 253737 or email [email protected]
You may request access to the information we hold about you, we will provide this within 30 days and at no cost. If you would like us to provide this please contact us on 01872 253737
This policy falls in line with the Royal Cornwall Hospital Charity and their appointed Data Protection Officer for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is Mr Mark Scallan. PC.dp. PC.foi
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