Mayor’s £50,000 gift for new unit at hos­pi­tal af­ter his year in of­fice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Mayor of Hilling­don has raised £50,000 to­wards the cost of build­ing a new In­ten­sive Ther­apy Unit ex­ten­sion at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal.

Coun­cil­lor Ge­orge Cooper, se­lected the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hospitals Char­ity as one of his Char­i­ties of the Year dur­ing his year in of­fice.

The £50,000 will be used to­wards the cost of build­ing an In­ten­sive Ther­apy Unit (ITU) ex­ten­sion the north-west Lon­don hos­pi­tal.

The new ex­ten­sion will be a much-needed ad­di­tion to the cur­rent 18-bed in­ten­sive ther­apy unit at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal, which cur­rently sup­ports more than 800 pa­tients an­nu­ally.

The hos­pi­tal is one of Europe’s lead­ing cen­tres for trans­plan­ta­tion and ven­tric­u­lar as­sist de­vice ther­apy, treat­ing pa­tients who are wait­ing for, or have un­der­gone, heart and lung trans­plants.

The new ITU will house six sin­gle rooms to ac­com­mo­date pa­tients who have com­pro­mised im­mu­nity to avoid the risk of in­fec­tion. It is es­ti­mated that an ex­tra 250 pa­tients will be cared for in the new ITU each year, and build­ing work is ex­pected to start in the sum­mer.

Dur­ing his year in of­fice, the Mayor of Hilling­don fundraised in the bor­ough, host­ing a va­ri­ety of in­spir­ing events.

These in­cluded run­ning spon­sored quiz evenings; stag­ing con­certs cel­e­brat­ing the di­ver­sity of the bor­ough; Uxbridge Col­lege stu­dents or­gan­is­ing a mur­der mys­tery din­ner, where they acted and cooked for pay­ing guests; and or­gan­is­ing a tour of the Bat­tle of Britain Ops Room at the RAF in Uxbridge and a tour around RAF Northolt.

The Mayor of Hilling­don, Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, said: “As I step down from my year in of­fice, I am de­lighted that residents in the bor­ough have risen to the chal­lenge in help­ing us to raise funds to­wards the cost of build­ing a new in­ten­sive ther­apy unit ex­ten­sion at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal.”

Gill Raikes, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive from Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hospitals Char­ity, said: We are de­lighted to be re­ceiv­ing a cheque for £50,000 from the out-go­ing Mayor of Hilling­don.

“This new ex­ten­sion will pro­vide the ex­tra room to treat many more pa­tients. Thank you for your hard work help­ing us to reach our fundrais­ing tar­get.”

n HELP­ING HAND: From left, Nicholas Hunt, Site Di­rec­tor, Hare­field Hos­pi­tal, Sue Mather, Ma­tron, Crit­i­cal Care for In­ten­sive Ther­apy Unit, Ash­ley Westpfel, Com­mu­nity & Cor­po­rate Fundrais­ing Man­ager, Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hospitals Char­ity, Mrs Cooper, Ex May­oress of Hilling­don and Cllr Ge­orge Cooper, for­mer Mayor of Hilling­don

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