The Friends of the Edington
Hospital, North Berwick


On Friday 9th August, the Lady Captain of North Berwick golf Club, Dawn Young, very kindly presented a cheque for £10,500 to Murray Duncanson, Chairman of the Friends. This sum had been raised by a variety of activities by the Lady members at the Club. Murray subsequently wrote to the Lady Captain to record the charities appreciation for all their efforts.

Ann McQueen recently retired as Charge Nurse at the Edington Hospital. In recognition of her work in the hospital Murray Duncanson, Chairman of the Friends presented her with a floral bouquet at her retirement party on Tuesday 26th March 2019.

Joint Board of East Lothian Consultation Document

Following the recent consultation on the reprovision of the Edington Hospital led by the Integrated Joint Board, the Friends received the following email on the 28th February 2019 outlining the next stage:

"Today at the IJB, it was confirmed that East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership is working on a proposal with Hub South East and partners to scope the project requirements in relation to reproviding Belhaven and Edington Hospitals and the Abbey and Eskgreen Care Homes. They are working on an application for funding to support the project's feasibility. They should be reporting back to the IJB in April or May. The project will continue in line with coproduction approach we are committed."

On the 28th March 2019 the email below from the Joint Integrated Board confirms the current position:

"Just a quick update on where are with reprovisioning. We secured a grant from the Scottish Government which is enabling us to carry out the scoping exercise. We feel that it is looking pretty positive at the moment and we will soon be able to go back to our partnerships in the communities of Dunbar, North Berwick and Musselburgh to work on reprovisioning that meets local needs.

"We expect that the project team will attend the May IJB to provide an update on the overview of the process.

"The local project groups outlined in the December IJB paper will work closely with and include members from the relevant local area partnership health and wellbeing subcommittees to ensure alignment with local health and wellbeing plans. We would hope to involve representatives from other key local and county-wide groups, for example, friends organisations, Dementia Friendly East Lothian, carers organisations and other community interest groups. We want to ensure that a wide range of voices from the community are our partners in planning and delivering these projects."

At its meeting on Wednesday 28th August the Friends reiterated their wish to see a clear realistic plan which included their involvement in the Reprovisioning process.

Best from the East

Everyone will be aware of the impact of the Beast from the East on North Berwick last year and the huge impact that it had on the local community. No more so than Edington Hospital which faced major challenges in getting staff back and forward to the hospital and the availability of hot food for the patients as many of the local roads were completely blocked thus stopping the delivery of heated food trolleys. Up stepped local volunteers who not only ferried staff back and forward to work but local neighbours who cooked tirelessly for the patients over a prolonged period.

At a Community Event in North Berwick on Friday 8th June, 2018 the following volunteers were presented with Vouchers from the Friends for their contributions

They were:

Our thanks go to all these individuals.