Routinely The Friends of the PRUH provide
- Courtesy packs containing essential toiletries for patients who find themselves in hospital as an unplanned admission.
- Ear plugs and eye shades for patients spending the night in A/E
- Food for Kings Hampers
- Clothing for patients being discharged
- Money for ice-lollies for the children on the Day Surgery Unit
- £100 towards prizes for the Patient Dignity Awards
- A trustee or member to serve tea at the ” Look Good Feel Better” make up sessions for patients receiving cancer treatment.
- Money given to the wards to provide festive extras for patients and staff
- A Christmas tree is provided in the entrance hall
Children’s Oncology Travel Scheme
In October 2009 The Friends of the PRUH received a very generous legacy of £25,000. The will stated that the money was ‘to be used in support of the work of the hospital in cancer care for children’. We spent just over £4,000 on play equipment, comfortable chairs, and a fridge for each cubicle to allow parents to bring in perishable food for themselves and their children. Once the Paediatric Oncology beds moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Woolwich some of the equipment was transferred.
Dr Ahmed, one of the Oncology Consultants, approached the Friends to set up a travel scheme using some of the legacy as the journey to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and other cancer treatment sites had proved quite difficult for some parents, especially those without transport. In response to this request a scheme has been made available to all families who have a child receiving Oncology treatment and live in the London Borough of Bromley.
When a child urgently needs to get to cancer specialist hospitals and an ambulance is not required, or when chemotherapy is to be given, then transport to and from the hospital is provided.
The Friends and the Community Paediatric team are pleased to be able to offer this service.