Eynsham and Long Hanborough Medical Care group patient charity is 25 years old!

Eynsham and Long Hanborough Medical Care Group registered charity 1054256

The charity was set up in 1996 to administer the gifts and bequests the Eynsham
and Long Hanborough medical centres receive from grateful patients and their
loved ones.

Thanks to their generosity and the fund-raising efforts of local institutions like
Eynsham Roadrunners and philanthropic organisations like the Rotary Club and
Freemasons, for more than a quarter of a century it has enabled the trustees,
drawn from present and past doctors, staff and representatives of the communities
it serves, to offer extras the National Health Service does not.

Its first purchases were a resuscitation training doll and a syringe driver so doctors
and district nurses could provide more effective pain relief for terminally ill patients.
Among its more recent — during Covid — were clinicians’ half masks for doctors
and staff, who found patients had difficulty hearing them wearing the standard
issue full masks or caused problems for those who wear glasses.

To give you an idea of the range of its activities, it has been responsible for air
conditioning the waiting rooms at the practice’s Eynsham and Long Hanborough
surgeries, 24-hour blood pressure monitors, 24-hour electrocardiograms to
monitor heart rhythms, defibrillators, hydraulic height adjustable couches, pulse
oximeters to measure oxygen levels, a phlebotomy couch, an interactive website,
and in 2019, thanks to the generosity of Eynsham Masonic Lodge, a vein viewer to
help phlebotomists with patients who are difficult to draw blood from.

Advances in digital technology mean there is a constant demand for new aids to
help with patient care. But since 2010 the major call on the charity’s resources has
been a van and part-time driver to deliver prescriptions to the house-bound, a
service made possible by a substantial bequest.

The cost of running it, much accentuated during Covid, means the trustees are in
constant need of your support. You can help by visiting the charity’s fundraising
site:

Or you can contact the charity’s treasurer: