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‘Let’s keep going in memory of Trudy’

Created on 26/10/2011 @ 17:42


A campaign group which successfully fought for a renal dialysis unit for Montgomeryshire will continue its work until a permanent facility is installed next year.
The Powys Branch of Kidney Foundation Wales has decided to continue despite the death of its long standing figurehead Trudy Baynes-Hill and the recent opening of the temporary dialysis unit at Welshpool Hospital.
The Group will now set up a ‘Patients Forum’ and decide how to spend the £20,000 raised during the long fight for the service.
Montgomeryshire MP, Glyn Davies, has campaigned alongside Trudy as the Group’s secretary since it was established and says the group will take on a new role.
“All of us involved were greatly saddened by Trudy's recent death, and look on the recent opening of the temporary dialysis unit at Welshpool Hospital as a monument to her dedication and commitment,” said Mr Davies.

“The branch decided to remain in existence, at least until a permanent unit is built at the hospital, programmed to be completed next year. It was also decided to work with the North Wales Local Health Board to establish a 'Renal Patient's Forum' in Montgomeryshire, which could take over our work in the future.

“The local branch has about £20,000 on deposit as a result of generous donations from local people. We decided to hold discussions with the North Wales LHB before deciding how to invest the money, which is to be used to enhance the patient experience. We need to decide whether to invest in the temporary unit or wait until the permanent unit comes on stream next year.”
Anyone interested in joining should contact Mr Davies through his constituency office.
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