Over 60 members and friends attended the October members’ meeting on the evening of Thursday 22nd October.
The meeting began with a quick review of current news from Chairman Donald Cairnduff, including the very good work being done on the Helpdesk in Outpatients; the success of two NI liver recipients in the recent World Transplant Games in Argentina, Catherine Annesley and Philip Cairnduff; and the brilliant promotion of organ donation by someone who would have been at these games had she been well enough, Lucia Quinney-Mee.
If you haven’t seen Lucia’s Live Loudly Donate Proudly Facebook page, including a video made by Lucia’s family at her bedside in Birmingham which has had over 16,000 views, please visit it.
A cheque for £1,100 was then presented by Margaret McAllister of Belvoir Players, proceeds from their production of ‘Allo ‘Allo in September.
The main business of the evening was a series of fascinating presentations on the life and work of two areas of the hospital. Staff Nurse Debbie Walker traced the history of care for outpatients in the RVH and Sister Gillian Boyd outlined how nursing staff were currently working to very high standards of care in an age when the number of people needing the service was increasing. Sister Betty Boyd and Deputy Sister Geraldine Casey gave a detailed overview of the Programmed Treatment Unit, which among other things has succeeded in preparing patients for transplant assessment in one day, when previously this had taken 11 days.