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Our Small Acts of Friendship Coordinator, Paola O’Sullivan, has been in post for seven months and is having a real impact on patients in the elderly care wards at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Paola has coordinated a regular and structured team of SAF Activity Staff and Volunteers providing hairdressing, hand massage, art and poetry sessions and digital reminiscence session ...

The Friends AGM in June 2018 saw the first screening of our film about Small Acts of Friendship. Made with the generous support of local filmmaker David Ward, the film (below right), demonstrates the impact that Small Acts of Friendship is having on the Elderly Care wards at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Thank you to everyone who is helping to fundraise and support this ini ...

Things are progressing quickly with the redevelopment’s first new building and the helideck that is being constructed on the roof of the Thomas Kemp Tower. The Stage 1 Building This is the first of the two new clinical buildings that the redevelopment will provide. The construction site for the Stage 1 Building takes up the south east quarter of the hospital. It can be identi ...

Regular activities for patients in the elderly care wards are now becoming established.  Weekly Hand Massage sessions have been well received by both male and female patients.  Overall patients report they find the massage relaxing. Patients do respond differently, for example, some close their eyes and listen to the relaxing music, whilst other patients enjoy talking about the ...

We love this image from earlier this week of Brighton seafront, near our office. Photo credit: Meriel Beattie/GuardianWitness ...

Bulletin Author and Former Friends Trustee Harry Gaston left a generous legacy of £10,000 to Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals.  After consultation with his executor this will be allocated to benefit patients under the Small Acts of Friendship initiative. Harry had a long and successful career as a Hospital Administrator, teacher, author and acted as Editor of The Bu ...

It is exciting that Small Acts of Friendship is now up and running on the elderly care wards at Royal Sussex County Hospital with newspapers now available daily for patients and new activities beginning.  Co-ordinator Paola O’Sullivan explains: ‘massage and footcare will be available for patients from the week of 5th February.  Oils based massage for hands and feet can promote ...

Thank you so, so much to everyone who contributed a Small Acts of Friendship bag. The patients in the elderly care wards were surprised and delighted when some children popped in before Christmas to distribute them. We had enough bags for all the patients in hospital over Christmas and New Year to receive one. The bags were thoughtfully and generously put together by many peopl ...

Patients in the elderly care wards at Royal Sussex County Hospital are to receive a visit from local school children on Thursday 21 December.  The children have been participating in a Reverse Advent Calendar initiative to fill a bag with small gifts and treats for patients. The scheme has been equally popular with staff at the Hospital and Hove Park Fun Run members who have ...

Elderly care is a vital and growing part of hospital care but older patients can find being in hospital a confusing and disorientating experience. Small Acts of Friendship is a unique charitable programme supporting elderly patients at Royal Sussex County Hospital. Created by the Elderly Care Team and funded by Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals, Small Acts has appointe ...

Thank you for the exciting and beneficial equipment you have funded. The Motomed Viva 2 brings additional therapy to the acute stroke patients at the hospital, encouraging early return of activity in the affected limb whilst avoiding side effects related to lack of immobility such as muscle wastage and reduced cardio-vascular endurance.

Charlotte Hunt Neuro Physiotherapist Hyper Acute Stroke Unit, RSCH

A big thank you for your kind donation of high back chairs. They will be of great benefit to our Park Centre patients who struggle to get out of the low back chairs.

Lisa Thomas-Brooks, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist

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