Friends of St Cross help take the weight off patients’ feet

The Friends held a book sale to raise money for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal
The Friends held a book sale to raise money for the Diamond Jubilee Appeal

The Friends of St Cross has donated specialist chairs to the hospital’s Urgent Care Centre to help improve patient care and comfort.

The chairs are higher than standard seats and come with adjustable foot rests.

Nell Jones, nurse manager at the UCC, said: “These new chairs are more comfortable for patients than the standard chairs we had before.

“The foot rests make it easier to examine and treat lower legs and feet.”

A team of 20 nurses work at Rugby Urgent Care Centre, along with six reception/support workers.

Nell has worked in the health profession for 26 years.

She believes the centre is a major asset to the community.

“We’re at our busiest in the evenings and see 24,000 patients a year,” Nell said.

“We became nurse-led in September last year and plenty of training helped the transition be a smooth one.

“The feedback we get from patients is so positive,” she added.

The Accident and Emergency department closed several years ago but the nurses at UCC can treat wounds that need stitches, suspected broken bones, minor burns and sports injuries.

Juliet Starkey, general manager at the Hospital of St Cross, said: “This donation from the Friends is a great way to celebrate the first anniversary of the Urgent Care Centre becoming a nurse led service.”

The Friends is continuing to raise money for its Diamond Jubilee Appeal and recently held a book sale in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre in Rugby.

The event, held last Saturday, raised £185.

The Friends also launched the sale of its Christmas raffle tickets on the day.

Willy Goldschmidt, from the Friends of St Cross, said: “The top four prizes are all valued at around £100 and so we decided to launch the raffle early this year to help boost the Diamond Jubilee Appeal.

“We would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to help us sell tickets for the draw, which will be held in the outpatients building at St Cross on December 19.”

Raffle prizes include a £100 luxury Christmas hamper and a £100 voucher from Jamesway Travel. A £100 pendant necklace donated by M&M Jewellers and a 22-inch colour television donated by Sainsbury’s in Clifton Road are also up for grabs.

For more information about the Friends of St Cross and fundraising events, visit