Festive fun for Bedser Hub patients

Tuesday 12 December 2017. More than 60 elderly patients of the Bedser Hub in Woking are being treated to a Christmas tea party organised by the Hub team on Friday 15 December.

The party is the idea of the Hub team, with Hub Matron Anne Moxon contacting local supermarkets for contributions. Waitrose in Goldsworth Park is kindly donating food and drinks to the value of £150, while Morrisons has donated £20. The Friends of Woking Hospital are also supporting the event, with a donation of £133 and a further £266 donated to the two wards at Woking Hospital.

The party is being held at the Bedser Hub in Woking Community Hospital between 12 noon and 2pm. Friday 15 December is also the national Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day, so the patients and Hub team will be invited to dress up in support of this charity day.

Anne Moxon, Hub Matron, says: “For many of the 900 or so elderly patients we see each month, coming to the Bedser Hub is as much a social occasion as a clinical appointment. Having an opportunity for human contact is so important when you live alone or find it hard to get out of the house because of medical conditions, so as well as giving them a thorough assessment of all their health and social care needs, it’s really nice to be able to offer a social event as well. We would particularly like to thank the Friends of Woking Hospital and Waitrose for their very generous donations that are making the party possible.”

Jon Allan, Chair of the Friends of Woking Hospital, says: “The Friends provided most of the funds to set up the Hub, and we are delighted to keep supporting it. We are extremely pleased that CSH Surrey is working hard with their partners to ensure that the Hub is used to the full extent for which it was planned."

Sarah Tomkins, Associate Director of Operations at CSH Surrey, a not-for-profit social enterprise that runs the local NHS services, says: “The success of the Bedser Hub is the collaboration of a fantastic team of people from across many disciplines who provide this innovative, integrated service. I would like to thank everyone on the team - GPs, Speciality Consultants, nurses, therapists, social workers, mental health professionals and voluntary sector colleagues – who work together to organise the healthcare and other support people need so they can continue to live independently. In 2018 CSH Surrey will be extending this successful model to two other localities in the north west Surrey area, meaning more people will benefit from integrated care and support.”

Matt Bull, Team Manager at the Goldsworth Park Waitrose, adds: “We are delighted to support this local NHS service and provide the food and drink so the team can treat their patients to an end of year party. We hope everyone has a great time!”