The League comprises a small committee who organise all the events and run the library trolley; a group of volunteers who ran the confectionary and toiletries trolley when there were more patients and help with store collections; a garden group who maintains the courtyard garden, coffee shop garden and planters; plus members of the local community who support the work of the League by paying a membership subscription. The committee meets every other month and both the Community Hospitals’ Matron and a ward Matron are members, ensuring close co-operation between the League and the hospital. We aim to have regular contact with a representative from the service providers at the hospital so that we are aware of short and long term plans. The current service provider is the Royal Surrey NHS Trust, a partnership between the Royal Surrey County Hospital and the local GPs in Guildford and Waverley.
New members are much needed and always welcome, both for the trolley services and for the committee. It is not an arduous commitment: if you would like more information please contact us.
“The Ward Matron, Mary Kelly, who had been a stalwart member of the committee and a staunch supporter of the LoF, retired in September and will be much missed. We wish her well in her new life.”
A remit of the League of Friends is to provide facilities and amenities to staff as well as patients. The staff and needs of the hospital are represented on our committee by Matron Kelly. This is an added load into her ‘day’ job as she is the committee’s conduit for all enquiries from the website that refer to clinical matters as well as liaising with staff to provide a wish list for consideration. She always responds quickly in spite of her heavy work load. We value Mary deeply and this tribute arose from members reminiscing about her long career at Milford.
“18 years ago, after many months in 2 major hospitals, my husband was referred to Milford Hospital for rehabilitation. I was apprehensive, knowing nothing whatever about the hospital. I decided the best thing to do was to ask to make a visit to the hospital ahead of time. I rang Milford the following day and was put through to a senior nurse who was incredibly kind and reassuring. She suggested I might like to visit the hospital and look round. She would be happy to accompany me and answer any questions. My visit gave me the reassurance that I needed. It was unhurried and all my questions were calmly and honestly answered. The name of the nurse who cared for me – and I use this term deliberately- was Mary Kelly.
Mary is probably the last remaining nurse here of the original cohort of young nurses who were recruited from Ireland when the rehabilitation hospital was first opened. I clearly remember Dr VIr Seth, at his retirement party some years ago, mentioning Mary by name, eulogising about her loyalty and skills as a nurse, and taking the opportunity to praise and thank her.
A hospital can have wonderful facilities and be apparently fully staffed but it is the integrity and skills of the staff that are the key to the good nursing care that patients receive. Mary has been and still is a wonderful example of a dedicated, hands-on, capable caring nurse: the ideal role model for the many, many nurses who have had the opportunity to work alongside her. Despite all the changes to the hospital over the years, these have been embraced by Mary with loyalty to the hospital and her ever present optimism, encouraging colleagues to do the same.
She is someone always willing to give extra time, to liaise with worried relatives or patients, to spare an afternoon to attend a meeting of our LoF committee: in short to go that extra mile and then some more.
Mary, we applaud you. We are deliberately taking this opportunity to thank you publicly for all you have done and all you continue to do.
We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas. Long may we, and Milford Hospital, benefit from your professionalism and wise influence.”