Who are the Friends
Ever since the building of the original Victoria Hospital in the 1800’s the Frome community has always been involved in one way or another in the support of its hospital and staff.
In the mid-1980’s it was mooted that a new hospital was to be built. The then Friends group, in conjunction with the Frome Rotary Club, worked closely with the Victoria Hospital Trustees, and the NHS, in the planning of a modern medical facility to accommodate the growing population of Frome’s developing town.
When funding was finally approved, in the late 1990’s for a brand new facility to build adjacent to the old Agricultural Society Show Field, it was agreed that the Friends would raise the money to procure many of the ‘patient comfort’ items of equipment relevant for a new state-of-the-art hospital. Through the overwhelming generosity of the people of Frome over £600,000 was raised before the hospital opened in 2008.
The Friends of Frome Hospital trustees have wisely invested in a wide range of furniture, televisions etc. for the in-patients, and for a diverse range of medical support equipment to serve patients and assist staff on the wards or for use in the out-patients departments.
The opening of the new Medical Centre adjacent to the community Hospital in 2010 has provided Frome with a fine Health Park. The Friends have a positive involvement with the GPs and the range of services they provide for the community. They also link with the Medical Practice Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and sit on the East Mendip Health Forum
The Trustees and their support committees are duly elected at an AGM each year, and are continuing to develop their relationship not only in and around the hospital, but out in the community by supporting counselling and helping groups who provide other specialist medical services for the people of Frome.
The Friends of Frome Hospital always welcome support, help or ideas from members of the community.