As a charity we are here to not replace the NHS but to enhance the care our wonderful hospital provides. Our Butterfly Fund is a perfect example of this.
West Suffolk Hospital treats and cares for the largest proportion of palliative care patients in the area. Staff are incredible, passionate and committed to their work with their patients and also those caring for them.
As a charity we work closely with staff to find out what is needed and where we can help. We wanted to ensure that the relatives, friends and loved ones are cared for too and we know, this in turn, gives the patient comfort.
We care for everyone by providing ‘comfort packs’. These are for when someone is called unexpectedly into hospital. Time is precious and we know you want to spend those vital moments together so our pack provides you with tissues, water, wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste among other things. Just little things we hope will make you more comfortable during your stay.
We have recently purchased four day beds. These chair/beds are an invaluable addition to the hospital. They allow you to stay at your loved ones bedside but also get some much needed sleep whilst never leaving their side.
We are currently sourcing a room in the grounds of West Suffolk Hospital which will give room to families to go and have a shower, a cup of tea and a much needed sleep but never be far away should they be needed. This will be of huge value especially to those who have travelled a distance.
By supporting our Butterfly Fund you can help us make those last moments a little bit easier and help us support our patients and their loved ones at such a difficult time.
But we haven’t forgotten about the patients. We pay for training so that the nurses can learn how to administer pain medicine without the need to wait for a doctor. This is a vital addition to the service as, when the hospital is so busy, it can be hard to get the pain relief to the patient as quickly as staff would like.
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