Step in the right direction

Posted on in Fundraising, Hospitals, Staff

Caring ward staff at the Friarage Hospital are going that extra mile to raise funds for the hospital’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner appeal.

Allerton ward FHN walk

MRI scanners are used to diagnose a wide range of health conditions. A scanner for the Friarage will be a valuable resource for medical teams and a welcome addition to the diagnostic services currently available at the Northallerton hospital.

Other benefits include quicker diagnosis of conditions, hopefully leading to better health outcomes for our patients, care closer to home, and reduced travelling and waiting times.

Staff from Allerton ward – which looks after patients having surgery – will be putting on their walking boots and doing the Northallerton Town Trail. Focussing on the High Street, the walk features various sites of historical significance around the town, showing why Northallerton is unique. The walk starts at 11am on Saturday 19 October from the Parish Church at the North end of Northallerton High Street.

Julie Smart, healthcare assistant, said: “We really wanted help to the scanner appeal as our patients have to travel to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, at present, and it can be stressful for them.

“We are keen to support and raise as much money as possible for this wonderful appeal which will benefit local patients.”

A generous patient has recently donated £1,000 to kick start the ward’s fundraising efforts and they are hoping to contribute £2,000 to the appeal in total.