Oxfordshire Freemasons have been generously supporting Oxford Health’s frontline workers and they will provide a piece of equipment that will enhance patient care.

The organisation which has 1,800 members across 55 lodges in the county, stepped in immediately in April with a £5,000 windfall to our Oxford Health Cares appeal.

This donation aided Oxford Health Charity’s mission to provide care boxes packed with snacks, personal care items and treats to boost morale among staff working 24/7 to provide care to our patients in community and in-patient settings.

But that wasn’t enough. Oxfordshire Freemasons then went on to provide funding for a new £4,500 bladder scanner – a non-invasive portable tool used for diagnosing, managing and treating urinary outflow dysfunction which can pinpoint a wide range of health issues.

It will be used at City Community Hospital, one of Oxford Health’s community hospitals, providing rehabilitation and palliative care to older people.

Andrew Keech, Charity Steward for Oxfordshire Freemasons, said: “We wanted to provide a lasting piece of equipment that would benefit many patients. It felt like a good thing to do. We hope this equipment will enhance the service and support patients physical and mental wellbeing.”

Christine Hayden, manager at City Community Hospital said: “Bladder and continence problems affect the lives of many older people. This piece of equipment will allow us to assess and diagnose early and provide treatment quickly before symptoms can become more serious and even sometimes lead to an acute hospital admission.”

Christine continued: “We are hugely grateful for the generous donation. This bladder scanner will enable us to provide the highest standards of support to patients in our care.”

If you would be interested in joining Oxfordshire Freemasons, you can contact Andrew by emailing: Charity@oxfordshirefreemasons.org.

And if you or your organisation would like to support us please email Charity@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk or visit our website www.oxfordhealth.charity