Saturday, 7 December 2013

The Future for Health in Sidmouth: Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Comforts Fund

Gordon Vincent, chair of the Comforts Fund, addressed the Futures Forum meeting on health:

Graham Vincent [Chair of the Comforts Fund of the Sidmouth Victoria Hospital] outlined the five stages of work on upgrading the hospital since 1989, with the final Stage Five scheduled for completion in June 2014, entailing new physiotherapy facilities, single wards and a day-case surgery.

The Future: Graham Vincent felt that a well-educated public – whether with regard to diet, exercise or preventive medicine – would become more responsible for their own well-being.

Futures Forum: The Future for Health in Sidmouth: report

The Comforts Fund has been central in raising funds for the cottage hospital:

Olympian Mary gives talk

Olympian Mary King gave a talk to an audience at the Knowle to raise funds for Sidmouth Hospital Comforts Fund. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 6875-44-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders
Olympian Mary King gave a talk to an audience at the Knowle to raise funds for Sidmouth Hospital Comforts Fund. Picture by Alex Walton.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 
Olympic hero Mary King shared stories of a career with horses spanning four decades in Sidmouth last week.
The 100-strong crowd turned out to hear of the celebrated equestrian’s successes, and her failures, while proceeds from tickets went to the Sidmouth Victoria Hospital Comforts Fund.
She spoke of her humble beginnings working in stables in Salcombe Regis to fund her hobby, through to her first Badminton horse trials and representing her country at six Olympic Games - much of which had been diligently followed by the audience.
Comforts fund president Sheelagh Michelmore said: “We are so delighted that the equestrian star from the valley could come to talk to us about her outstanding career.”
She added that phase five of the hospital renovations are proceeding well and thanked Mary King for helping them on their way to raising another £250,000 for the works.
Olympian Mary gives talk - News - Sidmouth Herald

However, 'cottage hospital' is perhaps a misnomer: the current Stage 5 of new investment will include new physiotherapy facilities, as outlined by Comforts Fund chair Graham Vincent - and it also offers surgery:

Sidmouth Victoria Hospital

Sidmouth Hospital team
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Peter Schranz and his
theatres team at Sidmouth
At Sidmouth Victoria Hospital we provide the same high quality of care as we do at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre.

Our consultant surgeons carry out shoulder, elbow and knee surgery in Sidmouth and their patients are able to return home the same day they have their operation.

Sidmouth Hospital
You can find us at:

Sidmouth Victoria Hospital,
Victoria Cottage,
EX10 8EW.

parking Public pay & display car parks in Sidmouth town centre
Free disabled parking spaces at the hospital

The new entrance and reception area should be completed early in January - and there should be more parking available once Stage 5 is completed later in 2014.


See also: Futures Forum: Sidmouth Victoria Hospital refurbishment

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