Archive | September 2013

Presentation of shower chairs and Fans to Ward F


Ward F – Elderly Care, Sister Linda Elt has received donations from the league and was delighted with them. She said: “We are extremely grateful to the Morriston League of Friends for purchasing two Gaz Trip shower chars and two Dyson fans which cost £3,200. 
 Pictured are Staff of Ward F, Ward Sister Linda Elt, Sian Harris Williams League of Friends Treasurer, Nigel Griffin Hospital Chaplain,  Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends and John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends.
“The chairs are marvellous and enable stroke patients to shower independently as possible.  The fans are amazing they don’t have any blades and the risk of infection is greatly reduced.”
“I know that across the hospital, the league is making a real difference to the patients.  Little things like fans and chairs are really important to everyday life in hospital.”

Anatome chairs to Pembroke ward

Picture below: Pembroke Ward staff members testing the new Anatome chairs, which the league has purchased costing £2170.

article_newchairsLeague Chairman, John Hughes MBE said  “We know money is tight, but we also know that people are very kind and generous when we collect for the hospital. 

Every penny raised is ploughed into the hospital, it is the patients who see the benefits of the equipment that we buy. “


Pictured are Reverend Nigel Griffin Hospital Chaplain, Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends and Pembroke Ward Staff

Presentations – May 2012

Some of the presentations we made to various departments of the hospital during May 2012;


Presentation of cheque to purchase 3dmd four pod 3 dimensional imaging system.
Pictured from left:  Dr Amar Ghattaura Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends, Dr Kamal Bisarya Consultant Burns and Plastics Reconstructive Surgery, Lawrence Dovgalski  Maxillofacial Prosthetist, John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends, Douglas Neil Head of Medical Illustrations, Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends.
Presentation of Bladder Scanner to Ward S cost £8345.

Pictured are: Student Nurse Courtney Phillips, Ward Sister Eleri Yandell, Ward Clerk Anne Shelley, Jean Fowler, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends, John Hughes MBE Chairman League of Friends and Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends


Presentation of Portable Ultrasound Monitor for use in the Resuscitation Room in the Accident and Emergency Department cost £8500.

Pictured are: Jean Fowler, Patricia Hughes Secretary League of Friends, Dr Shifkumar, Mr Michael McCabe, and Sian Harris Williams Treasurer League of Friends

West Wales’ first Cardiac 3D scanner is a Christmas cracker

The first 3D scanner in West Wales has arrived in the Cardiac Centre at Morriston Hospital, with help from a 15 year old boy from Swansea.


Back in February 2010, schoolboy Mitchell Powell, who has been a patient at the Cardiac Centre in Morriston since he was a baby, took it upon himself to hold a fund-raising event. Since Mitchell was born he has had various heart procedures, valve replacements and pacemakers. This charity event was his way of giving something back.

The aim was to raise money for West Wales’ first Trans Oesophaeal Echocardiography Scanning Machine 3D scanner. The charity night was a huge success and raised £3,000 with raffle donations from Liverpool FC who donated signed shirts and footballs; even the local hairdresser and dentists popped along to donate money.

The event also drew the attention of the British Heart Foundation Cymru, who had already agreed to contribute towards the cost of the scanner and helped raise £31,000 towards the final cost of £97,000.

The Morriston League of Friends also donated £10,000 which was raised by holding a charity golf day at Morriston Golf Club.

Dr Adrian Ionescu, Consultant Cardiologist, said:

“This is great news for us. The new 3D scanning machine has allowed consultants to see with increased precision the patient’s heart before cardiac procedures, and help us decide the best course of action for the patient.

The support and fundraising efforts from all concerned have been outstanding. The local BHF fundraising branches and the Neath Port Talbot Group and local volunteers all raised money for the scanner. Also local companies like Rowland UK and ‘Pick-Up Spares’ to name just a few; people have been very generous. Thank you all.”

Jayne Lewis, Fundraising and Volunteer Manager for the British Heart Foundation added:

“The BHF Cymru has worked extremely hard and we are delighted that we were able to raise this money within seven months.”

Due to the demand for this equipment, ABM has since purchased a second 3D scanner for the Cardiac Unit at Morriston, which is used daily in the echocardiography department.

A home away from home

Morriston Hospital League of Friends donation transforms relative’s accommodation at Morriston.


£10,000 has been spent on refurbishing the family accommodation situated close to Morriston Hospital.  John Hughes, Chairman of the Morriston Hospital League of Friends said;

“The new accommodation will be used in a similar way to the old bungalow. It will be used by relatives of seriously ill patients, enabling them to be near to their family whilst receiving treatment.  The idea for an accommodation unit for the relatives of seriously ill patients was conceived when the Friends saw visitors sleeping in the alcoves on bedding supplied by the hospital.”

The four bedroom home can sleep seven people in total and is fully equipped for everyday family life.


“It’s like changing rooms” added Linda Davies – Site Service Manager for ABM. “No expense has been spared; the house looks great and very homely.  Families of critical ill patients who live out of the area will be able to stay overnight and be close to their loved ones.  On Behalf of ABM I would like to say a big thank you to the Morriston League of Friends for all their hard work. I know that this home will be well used and the families that stay here will be very grateful.”

The League purchased all the beds, bedding, wardrobes and chairs in each bedroom. The kitchen has been fitted with a fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, cooker, all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery.  The lounge area has been equipped with a corner style settee and chairs, television set and dining table and chairs.


Since the commencement of the League during the 1940s, a total of £1,750,000 has been raised and used to purchase equipment for various departments within Morriston Hospital.