2018 -Dates for the Diary


*Matron’s next Hospital Forum in the Moxon Suite at the Frome Community Hospital

 MONDAY 15 JANUARY 2018 18.00 – 20.00

`Come along and have your say about your local hospital’

Drop in any time, even if you only have 5 minutes to spare. This will be a relaxed informal evening with Hayley Hughes, Matron, and other members of staff from various departments. We would like your ideas, comments, feedback, or just a chat, and for us to be able to share information about your hospital and the services we provide.
This could also be an opportunity to become a member of the Friends of Frome Hospital, find out more about volunteering at the hospital or to find out about other support services in the local area.

All members of the public invited. Please tell your friends about it.


Read our following news snippets:

Peter Smith Chairman’s 2017 Report

Community Defibrillator Network

Guardians Wanted!

Academy Students Learn CPR

Daryl Allison Appeal

Young Donor’s Endeavour

Therapy Garden Restoration

Website Volunteer Wanted!

Other News ………


Hospital Friends look to the future – with some help from the community!
Reflecting on the Friends of Frome Hospital (FoFH) recent Annual General Meeting,

Chairman Peter Smith said: “This year’s event highlighted another exciting period for the FoFH, with not only support to the Hospital itself, but with continuing development of its outreach projects in the community.
“The AGM is our shop front, not only to highlight our superb award winning local hospital, but to acknowledge the dedication of our volunteering team. During the past year commitment by the volunteers has been made to replant and refresh the hospital’s Therapy Garden for the benefit of in-patients and their families, and we have been able to provide financial support to procure additional patient comfort furnishings to enhance a new look at the Birthing Unit.
“Beyond the hospital, the ‘Friends’ Community Defibrillator flagship project has seen further publically available defibrillators (PAD) installed at Frome Agricultural Market Standerwick and in the Kingsway shopping precinct, with another unit ordered for installation at the ASDA superstore to cover the 450 new housing development at Edmunds Park. Also, in a radical new development, and working in conjunction with Tytherington-based educational health safety group Creative Aquatics, the ‘Friends have been introducing classroom CPR/Defibrillator awareness sessions to students at the Town’s two middle schools.
“At the meeting, as part of support to the FoFH outreach projects in the community, we were delighted to introduce Helen Hodgson, Specialist Cardiac Physiologist who gave a short presentation about a Global Atrial Fibrillation (AF) ‘awareness week’ where her local group would be demonstrating their pre-emptive cardiac monitoring programme with state of the art technology, sponsored by the FoFH, in the town centre on Saturday 25th November.
“Our appeal for help has seen a number of requests from would-be future medical personnel to gain some hands on experience at the hospital, and the Friends themselves have strengthened the defibrillator guardian team to maintain the twenty plus units – but would welcome recruiting one or two more volunteers.
“We are one of the most active voluntary groups in the town, but we are in need of a few more, hopefully younger, new faces to come forward to help with the continuing development of FoFH towards 2020 and beyond. In particular, we would like to find a younger IT whizz kid to manage our website and see us through the Facebook and Twitter links to communicate better with our community here in Frome.”


Friends of Frome Hospital Community Defibrillator Network

Over the past three years the Friends of Frome Hospital have championed the installation of 22 publicly available defibrillators (PAD) across an area serviced from the Community Hospital and Frome Medical Practice. Fifteen units are strategically located in Frome and a further seven in the neighbouring villages. Frome is reputed to have been the first community in the country to establish a complete network of PAD units.

STOP PRESS: A 23rd PAD unit is to be installed at the ASDA supermarket site, to be available particularly for the new community at the nearby Edmunds Park. The unit has been part sponsored by Persimmons Homes.

Defibrillator Cabinet Guardians wanted!
We have 24 ‘life-saving’ Publicly Available Defibrillator (PAD) units located around Frome and the immediate local villages, with each needing to be checked once every 2 weeks. If you have a Smartphone that can read a ‘Tag’ icon we would welcome your help. Each check takes less than 2minutes at the cabinet.

Would you like to join our Defibrillator team? Contact:


In a radical development of the Friends of Frome Hospital’s Community-wide Defibrillator project, as of the start of the new academic year in September, Year 7/8 students at Oakfield and Selwood Academies will be having Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instruction and demonstration on the use of the town’s publically available defibrillators (PAD).
The 45 minute lessons will be given to twelve individual classes starting in the autumn at Oakfield Academy, then continuing with the same age stream at Selwood Academy after the Christmas break. The programme has been specially devised on behalf of the Friends of Frome Hospital by the specialist medical training and responder team based at the Creative Aquatic Centre at Tytherington.
The course will allow the students to recognise a cardiac trauma situation and how to positively respond. It will include showing the students how to instantly diagnose the patient’s condition, placing them in a recovery position, calling for medical help and applying CPR until professional help arrives. In addition, and because Frome has twenty two 24/7 PAD units located around the town where the 999 emergency services can identify the nearest location to a situation, the training team will demonstrate the use of the Heartsine defibrillator.


Daryl Allison Appeal

Following the local £80k.appeal to enable local youngster Daryl Allison to get additional cancer treatment which could not be funded by the NHS, a donation of £5000 was made towards the appeal by and on behalf of the Friends and hospital staff. We are pleased to learn that Daryl’s treatment appears to be successful.

Young Donor’s Endeavour!

On his own initiative 11 year old Kieran Merrit entered the 5k run section at the recent Frome Half Marathon raising over £500 for the ‘Friends’ in recognition of the care given to his great grandfather in the Marshfield Ward.


Volunteers restore the hospital’s Therapy Garden

The garden was originally funded by the Friends and we are trying to put together a team to help Judith Rawlins, until recently a physiotherapist at the hospital. It is now restored to its former glory.


Website volunteer wanted!
The ‘Friends’ are in need of a computer-savvy volunteer to post our monthly news updates onto our website.
We would also like to establish Facebook and other social media links to communicate with the community in Frome.
Can you help?



The Friends:  Chairman – Peter Smith;   Secretary – Ken Fricker; Treasurer – Owen Hillier;

Vice Chairman and Defibrillator Project Leader – Derek Trick

The Hospital:  Matron – Hayley Hughes; Matron’s PA – Cath Hirons;

Birthing Unit – Cindy Stamp; Minor Injuries Unit- Rachel Vincent

You can contact any of us either through the Friends Website or email  or by ringing the Hospital on 01373 454740


Outreach Projects

Our activities are not limited to the hospital and we are also able to support other health activities in the community.

Life Education Wessex is a national charity which operates mobile classrooms with on board teachers providing students between the ages of 4 and 13 with lessons on their bodies and how to look after them. The object is to teach young people the dangers of drugs, alcohol and obesity from a young age and to combat peer pressure.                                                     The potential payback, in terms of the benefits to individuals and the community as a whole, is substantial and the Friends have supported the programme for eight first schools in Frome in 2015, and hope to continue this in 2016..

Singing for the Brain is a regular session run by the Alzheimer’s Society for those suffering with dementia and their carers.  It is held in the hospital and has been supported by the Friends for the past two years. The Friends also support special courses run for carers.

Wessex Counselling offer a counselling service in the hospital for patients and their families which is funded by the Friends.

Minor Operations Suite

Did you know? The Friends also funded equipment and set up costs for the Minor Operations Suite in the adjacent Medical Practice. Talk to your doctor about the services provided.