The Health Fair organised by Friends of Emsworth Community Health (FECH) comes to the Emsworth Baptist Church on May 5th!
The Friends of Emsworth Community Hospital were formed in 1949. At that time the Hospital had 15 in patient beds, and was the base for a large community team, including District Nurses and Health Visitors, a Child and family therapy team, and a Multidisciplinary Response Team.
There was also accommodation for Physiotherapy, Podiatry and visiting clinics, and the Red Cross equipment loan service had a base there.
The in-patient beds were closed in 2005, and the whole hospital was closed in 2012. The Friends of the Hospital then became the Friends of Emsworth Community Health.
The Emsworth Surgery is too small for an expanding General Practice, and was also unable to offer space to the other community services, which have moved to Havant. Proposals to re-develop the Hospital site as a GP surgery, with the possibility of accommodation for other services,
have been under discussion for some time.
Emsworth is a strong and growing community with a large elderly population, and a growing number of young families and children. The transport links with Havant, particularly Oak Park where some community services are based, are poor.
The Friends therefore aims to maintain the interest of the public in local services, and to support their development.
The Friends of Emsworth Community Health is a registered charity with a local membership and managed by it’s trustees. It supports organisations that provide services that benefit the health and well being of people in Emsworth by providing funds, and by other means. In the last year we made grants of over £22,000 to 20 local health related organisations.
FECH is involved in the discussions to redevelop the hospital site to provide a new surgery, and to make community health services available to the people of Emsworth.
FECH also owns and maintains the Hospital garden as a public amenity.
FECH depends on the support of it’s members. To become a member of FECH please contact Irene Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FECH makes grants that further it’s objects, which are to support organisations that promote the health and wellbeing of the people of Emsworth. It will consider requests for equipment, amenities and other projects for which there is:
- A demonstrable need
- Evidence of effectiveness
- Good value for money, and
- Funds cannot normally be obtained from other sources.
For more information about grants please Email our Treasurer Reg Harnett email@example.com