Bristol’s largest hospital has appealed to patients to donate to an associated charity so that ‘important pieces of equipment and staff training’ can be provided.
Medical director of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust, Dr Sean O’Kelly, sent a letter to each patient asking them to consider donating to the charity, Above & Beyond.
The letter noted that patients’ details would not be passed onto Above & Beyond, which raises significant funds for hospitals in the area.
Dr O’Kelly apologised in the letter if it was ‘written to you at an inappropriate time’.
The letter said: “The NHS is able to meet the essentials of good care but I feel it’s important to tell you about this charity which enables us to go ‘above and beyond’ NHS budgets. To continue to be world-leading hospitals, we need to provide equipment, training and resources so that our staff are able to be the best that they can be.”
“The funding that we receive from Above & Beyond’s supporters has helped to provide some fantastic projects at the Bristol Eye Hospital. For example, a contribution of £500,000 enabled a new dedicated children’s unit to go ahead, which included a waiting area and soft play, a children’s optometry room, four extra consulting rooms, inspirational artwork and an eye clinic large enough for families to be seen together.
“The charity is raising funds that help our staff provide the best possible care to our patients at the Bristol Eye Hospital. Above & Beyond are currently fundraising for important pieces of equipment, training for our staff and research projects that are transforming patient care and experience across the South West and beyond,” he added.