Alma Road Surgery Charitable Trust
The Charitable Trust was formally established in 1987 in order to administer funds donated by supporters of the Alma Road Surgery by purchasing equipment, facilities and services, not normally provided by the statutory authorities but which will directly improve the patient experience.
Its brief has recently been extended to cover support for talks on healthcare and developments at the Practice as well as the publication of newsletters.
Some of these provisions in recent years have been:
Take-home nebulisers to help asthma sufferers when their usual inhalers are deemed insufficient
The blood-pressure monitor in the waiting room
Take-home 24-hour heart and blood pressure monitors
Diabetes monitoring equipment
In-surgery warfarin testing kits
Chair-raisers to assist elderly patients in rising from waiting room chairs
Pulse-oximeters (clipped on finger to show oxygen levels & pulse rate)
Children’s play cube (to keep the younger patients busy...and quiet!)
Drinking water supply in the waiting room
Reprinting of repeat medication cards
Extra parking spaces in the redesigned car park
The current trustees are:
Mike Bull (Chairman) Catherine Cox
Ian McCallion (Secretary)
They meet every quarter at the surgery, with Mary Orgill (Practice Manager) and a GP representing the Practice. From time to time they organise fund-raising events, such as the tombola at the Flu Clinic.
A leaflet encouraging patients to make a bequest to the Trust in their Will is available at the surgery.