The League of Friends, under the patronage of Prince Andrew, is a country wide organisation which supports the NHS at a hospital level. Its aim is to improve the wellbeing of patients by supporting projects that are not funded by the NHS. You become a 'Friend' by making a regular donation to your local hospital League and thereafter your involvement can be as little or as much as you wish. In Salisbury and the surrounding area, our League of Friends has raised well over £2 million since its foundation in 1954.
Salisbury has a medium size district general hospital with an excellent reputation for care and support. It provides a comprehensive range of acute medical services for people in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. In addition, the hospital has specialist Plastic Surgery and Burns services, a Genetics Unit, a Patient Rehabilitation Centre and a Spinal Injuries Unit, all of which are available for patients from a much wider catchment area throughout South West England. A new fully integrated building for the treatment of children has been completed in 2011.
Where there are patients, there are relatives too. In 1979, the League of Friends raised money to build a bungalow with six en-suite bedrooms, a spacious lounge and fitted kitchen-diner. This was for the use, free of charge, by patients’ relatives who might come from far away or arrive late at night with nowhere to stay. The positive impact of this led the League to provide further funds to enable a second bungalow to be built fifteen years later. More recently we have provided funds to refurbish these properties to meet today’s needs. Read more about the bungalows here
Beyond this we have funded numerous projects to bring about improved service to patients and enhance the wellbeing of patients and their families. This ranges from the provision of items of equipment through refurbishment of waiting areas to smaller items such as supporting the Cares’ Café and providing Christmas presents for patients who have the misfortune to be in hospital over that period.
Look through our news pages to see what we have done in the last few years.
Visit our Sweet Shop
In 1993, we opened a shop at the hospital’s main entrance, run by volunteers for the benefit of patients, their relatives and hospital staff, overseen by a professional manager and part-time supervisor. The shop was refurbished in late 2012 following changes to the main hospital entrance and it reopened selling a large range of traditional sweets and fudge, including sugar free sweets. Now staffed entirely by volunteers, the shop is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.