Charity launches urgent appeal for donations after Chiddingfold Surgery fire

January 10, 2019
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A charity has launched an urgent appeal to raise funds for medical equipment after a fire destroyed a GP surgery in Chiddingfold on Monday (January 7).

The Friends of Chiddingfold Surgery has launched an appeal to raise money to re-equip the doctors with much-needed medical equipment.

It is hoped the doctors will soon be able to set up a temporary base in Milford, but they will be short of some equipment they have come to rely upon.

The Friends are working with the surgery to provide the equipment to help restore a full medical service as soon as possible.

They are now asking the public for urgent donations.

 

Simon Inchbald, Chairman of the Friends, said: “Clearly this fire is a terrible tragedy both for the doctors’ practice and for the community it serves.

“The practice caters for nearly 5,000 patients, not only in Chiddingfold but also in Dunsfold, Northchapel, Ebernoe, Grayswood, Alfold, Loxwood, Kirdford, Plaistow and Hambledon, covering an area of 100 square miles.

“The fire completely gutted the Surgery, but fortunately the building and its contents were covered by insurance, and we anticipate a full repayment in due course.

“Our main concern at present is to bridge the gap between the current situation – where the doctors have no equipment at all! – and the future we hope for, where the Surgery is rebuilt and completely re-equipped.”

Over the years, the Friends have provided medical equipment amounting to several tens of thousands of pounds.

 

Mr Inchbald added: “Although the NHS funds GP surgeries, there are some categories of equipment that are not provided.

“The role of the Friends is to make good this deficiency, so the community can be better served. For example, we have bought six ambulatory blood pressure monitors.

“These are portable devices that the patient wears throughout the day and which monitor their blood pressure continuously, rather than a spot reading at the Surgery that might be misleading.

“Each unit costs about two thousand pounds, and they need servicing and recalibrating regularly, an ongoing expense. The Friends are happy to fund these costs, and the monitors have benefited many patients over the years.”

Details of how to donate can be found here.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/charity-launches-urgent-appeal-donations-15659553


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