The Friends of the Edington
Hospital, North Berwick

How We've Helped

"The Friends of the Edington have been in existence since 1990. They have been a very active group who have fundraised in order to improve the environment within the Edington for both the inpatients and the patients seen in the minor injury unit. Over the years the building has been refurbished and decorated to a high standard and televisions, radios and other items have been provided for patient comfort and benefit by the Friends. They also have enabled items of medical apparatus to be purchased for use within the community or within the Health Centre, all for the benefit of the patients of the North Berwick and Gullane area. Over the years special mattresses, infusion pumps and many other vital pieces of equipment have been purchased all through the generous funds from the Friends of the Edington. Within the Surgery modern ECG machines, blood pressure monitors, surgical equipment and many other appliances have been bought in order to improve the range of medical services available to patients in the North Berwick and Gullane area.

Over the past 25 years the Friends of the Edington have greatly improved the quality of care available to patients within the North Berwick and Gullane area. They have also made great efforts to improve the quality of life of patients in the Edington Hospital, particularly those patients whose health is failing dramatically. They have made a wonderful difference to the wellbeing of patients in this area and the Partners and staff of the Health Centre join me in thanking each and every Friend of the Edington for their very kind support which over the years have been put to wonderful use. We wish the Friends continuing success and support in their next 25 years."

Dr Morgan Flynn

The following are a selection of comments from patients, or the relatives of patients, who have been treated at the hospital and are a tribute to the dedicated care provided by the nursing and medical staff:

"…I know why people of North Berwick always speak so kindly of you and with enormous appreciation of your work and care."

"I wish to show my appreciation for the kindness shown to me by your staff."

"[my father] was a great admirer of the excellent care and service provided by the staff and was always appreciative of your fundraising efforts in support of this."

"with this [donation] comes my thanks to all the staff who attended with total professionalism and dedicated care."

" the degree of care we received from all staff was terrific and (as relatives) we were given the highest level of care and support."

"I would like to thank all the staff for the wonderful care my aunt received which was also extended to her visitors."

For the past 25 years the Friends have supported the Edington Hospital in a variety of ways. In 2000 the Friends contributed £100,000 towards the cost of refurbishing the hospital. Since then the Friends have purchased a wide range of medical equipment together with furniture and furnishings and items for the use of patients.

Examples of some of the higher cost items include:

Ultrasound Bladder Scanner £7,600 9 Electric Beds £20,000 9 Heartstart Defibrillators £9,500
Air Mattress £ 3,300 Hyrefactor (Cauterisation Machine) £1,000 Medical Smoke Evacuator £1,500
Spirometer £1,200 Bed Light Fittings £1,500 8 Bedside Television Sets £2,600
Blood Pressure Monitors/Pulse Oximeters/Thermometers £1,100
Cardiograph £3,250 2 Rise & Recliner Chairs £3,500 Dementia Improvement Software Package £4,500


More recent purchases by the Friends include:

2 Recliner Chairs £3,490 Electric Wheelchair £2,200
2 Cardiograph machines £6,000 Blood Pressure Monitor £1,100 Surgery Pod £7,700
Furniture & Furnishings £5,200 Vascular Assessment Monitor £3,300
Weighing scales, thermometers, mouthpieces & mercury-free monitors