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Patients to benefit from cash for clinic
1:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
GENEROUS hospital supporters have donated £25,000 to start a new clinic that will allow more patients to be treated at Malvern Community Hospital.
The new weekly ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinic will mean hundreds of patients will be able to receive treatment closer to home and no longer have to travel to Worcester for their appointments.
The clinics are being funded by South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and run by Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.
But they have only been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Malvern Community Hospital, who have paid for the microscopes and other equipment needed to get the clinic up-and-running.
The clinics are part of an ongoing programme to offer more care in the community and away from acute hospitals such as Worcestershire Royal.
The ENT clinics are held each Wednesday from 9am until noon and led by Dr Martin Porter.
Similar clinics are also running at Evesham and it is estimated that before their introduction, 96 per cent of all ENT outpatient activity in Worcestershire was delivered at acute hospitals. Lin Ingles, matron at Malvern Community Hospital, said: “The hospital plays a much valued role in the local community. We are keen to enhance and widen the range of day case and outpatient activity provided so people can access care and treatment in their local community.”
Sheila Young, chairman of the Friends of Malvern Community Hospital, said: “It is important for patients to have more and more medical care nearer home. Travel to Worcester, or further afield, is not easy for many patients.”
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