Constantine Cornwall

Friends of Constantine Surgery fund new medical unit

The Friends of Constantine Surgery have shown great innovation in helping the practice to provide continuity of community care during the ongoing pandemic. To maintain protection from Covid 19 and remove risk within the surgery, they have purchased through funds collected, a
Portacabin for use as external consulting rooms. This has been placed in the car park and enables the Doctors and other clinical staff to carry out their patient consultations and procedures whilst removing the risk to the main surgery building and allowing the dispensary and other aspects of the surgery to operate efficiently. Lifting of planning restrictions has allowed the installation of the £12,000 Portacabin without an extended application process.

Mr James Agnew, Chair of the Friends of Constantine Surgery said: “Due to the extraordinary support and generosity, over many years, from the community of Constantine & others, we are able to help the Surgery with those items, which are not a statutory duty of the NHS. We cannot start to thank the members of staff for their unstinting service to this community in these uncertain times.”

Dr David Roberts from the Surgery commented: “The portacabin provides a safe environment to see our patients and to carry on providing healthcare at the highest level with minimum risk. It is a huge asset to the surgery and the village community. We are very grateful to the Friends of the Surgery for raising the funds and purchasing the Portacabin during these uncertain times”.

Who are we?
The Friends of Constantine Surgery is a charity which was formed in 1985 in the local community to assist the work of the Surgery in Constantine, Port Navas and Gweek areas to provide extra equipment which the NHS does not supply. This enables the treatment of patients without delay, which can be of real benefit in giving, for example, either immediate diagnosis of heart problems, the latest computer technology or supplying medical equipment for the Doctors visit bags. We have also provided and helped fund Defibrillators for Constantine, Port Navas, Gweek and Seworgan. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we are unable to run our Defibrillator Programme. More recently we have purchased the Medical Unit, which is positioned in the Surgery Car Park. This helps to maintain protection for patients and staff and enables the Doctors to carry out their practices while removing the risk from the main surgery building.

Our funds are raised in a number of ways. We have our annual social evening. Members hold open gardens and coffee mornings. These functions all help the ongoing needs of the surgery and clin- ics. Individual donations and bequests given as a mark of gratitude are an equally important part of our fundraising scene. Any donation whether by cash or cheque is warmly received and every penny will be used to support the needs of the surgery and patients. If you would like a Gift Aid Declaration, then please contact me on the number below and I’ll arrange for a form to be sent out to you.

Hospital Car Service
The Friends of the Surgery provide a hospital car service. The service is run by volunteers and only if available. It is for able bodied patients, who do not fit the criteria for the ambulance service who find themselves unable to find transport to hospital. This is not a taxi service and our volunteer drivers are purely available to take, drop off and collect if necessary. There is a charge to cover petrol costs. During these present Covid times, the car service is still available if needed, but is at the discretion of our volunteer drivers. Please do not request this service if showing any signs of the Co- rona Virus. The hospital car service telephone number is 01326 340088.

All registered patients are treated as members of the Friends of Constantine Surgery, so if there is anything you would like to help with, either an interest in joining the committee, fund raising, volunteering for the car service or would like to know more, then please do get in touch.

Sara Thomas 01326 340411