Inaugurated in 2003, the "Friends of Wistaria Surgery" is an independent voluntary organisation whose purpose is to organise social activities, to raise funds thereby enabling the purchase of equipment for the Surgery not normally provided by the statutory authorities and to provide practical assistance such as help with the annual influenza clinics, maintaining the surgery’s garden etc.
Amongst its regular activities, the "Friends" hold monthly coffee mornings in the Surgery's River Suite with talks on health and other topics of local interest, run fundraising events and hold occasional general Meetings, with speakers from the Medical Profession. The events are publicised on the "Friends" notice board in the Surgery's reception area and in The Friends and Surgery newsletter.
The "Friends" also run a Befriending Service which was set up in response to a need identified by the nurses and with the support of the Hampshire Good Neighbour Support Services. Befrienders offer a "listening ear" to those living isolated lives through ill-health or the loss of a partner. There is a great need for such a service and the ability to meet this challenge is limited solely by the number of volunteers.
All activities take place in the spirit of "fun and friendship" and there is a real sense of working in partnership with the Surgery to promote the welfare of patients.
Members of the "Friends" can be as involved as they want to be. Many attend the social and fundraising events but do not get involved with the organisation, whereas others like to play a more active part. It is entirely up to the individual.
Membership application forms are available from the reception desk at the Surgery or, if you would like to learn more about the "Friends", you can telephone 07867 229982 (answerphone), write c/o the Surgery, visit their website: www.friendsofwistaria.org.uk or e-mail the Secretary at .
League of Milford On Sea Hospital & Community Friends
The League of Friends has changed in recent years, with the closure of the beds in the Community Hospital. They still help at various clinics and have organised fitness classes (known as MAPLE) on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, which are very popular. These classes are followed by tea and a chat. There is also a Bathing Service for those who are no longer able to take a bath at home. A Parker Bath, which is easy access, is used. There are helpers available to assist as well. Refreshments are served after the bath.
The League also helps at the Medical Centre with the busy Flu Clinics and serve refreshments in the Hospital. The role of the League of Friends has changed over recent years and much of the new equipment we buy is for use in The Medical Centre, to enable to the doctors and nurses to have more up-to-date diagnostic and treatment equipment. The League also supports Oakhaven Hospice by funding a Clinical nurse Specialist for four years in the Milford, Downton, Everton, Keyhaven and Lymore area. It means that there is now seven day cover.
Any donations to support the League to continue with these much needed services can be sent to the League of Friends at the Hospital and will be placed in the appropriate accounts. We hold three events during the year, Spring Fair, the Garden Party at the Hospital and an Advent Fair and items for sale or prizes and your support for these are very much appreciated. Please support us.