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Friends of Airedale donates £60,000 for equipment for new Acute Assessment Unit.

President Eileen Proud and Deputy Chairman, John Lofthouse can be seen at the opening ceremony for the new Acute Assessment Unit at Airedale General Hospital.

British triathlete and double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee MBE was the guest of honour at Airedale Hospital on 23 May to formally open the new unit.

Designed to ease patient flow, cut waiting times and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, the new unit caters for patients arriving directly from the adjacent Emergency Department or for those referred by GPs for urgent care. Following initial assessment patients will either be treated and discharged from the new unit or admitted for on-going care to a specialist ward.


The unit features the latest innovations in ward design including large patient privacy screens with digital photography to provide a calming atmosphere and en-suite facilities in all single rooms and 5 bedded bays.

A generous donation of £60,000 from the Friends of Airedale charity has meant the unit also has the latest design in ward and bedside furniture, patient TV’s and items such as patient reversible mirrors, to minimise the distress associated with reflections for patients with dementia. The donation has also allowed staff to buy the latest design of ophthalmoscopes for eye examinations and patient thermometers to help in the early diagnosis of sepsis.

Friends of Airedale has been chosen as one of the Co-op local causes for 2018/19

Do you shop at the Co-op in either Steeton or Cross Hills? If so, nominate us as your chosen local cause at the Co-op and 1% of everything you spend will be passed on by the Co-op to Friends. Your donation will help us help more patients.

If you are already a Co-op member, to nominate Friends of Airedale as your chosen charity go to sign in and choose us.

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Thank you to the Co-op and to every member who nominates us. We really appreciate it.