When teenager Elizabeth Mewett collected a wheelchair from The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, she vowed to raise money to help other patients who could benefit from the service. And determined Elizabeth Mewett, 13, has not let having the fatigue-inducing condition Idiopathic Hypersomnia stand in her way.
Building work has begun to house a new MRI Scanner at the Friarage Hospital as charity campaigners’ edge closer to their £2million target. Construction partners Interserve have started work in the former special care baby unit where the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment, which is used to detect a wide range of conditions in almost any part of the body, will be based.
An initial 150 patients per year are set to benefit from a new £95,000 investment in new lung surgery services at The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton. New specialist imaging equipment, increased theatre capacity for lung surgery and outpatient clinics will now be provided at the North Yorkshire hospital, benefitting patients from across Hambleton and Richmondshire and further afield, who currently face a long journey to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The annual Kilburn Feast – a tradition which goes back hundreds of years and now raises money for local charities and good causes – this year supported the Friarage Hospital’s MRI Scanner Appeal – a joint fundraising campaign between South Tees Hospitals Charity and the Friends of the Friarage Hospital. A total of £750 was raised towards getting this essential piece of equipment to the Northallerton Hospital.